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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School

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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School


At SSMM we use 'Phonics Bugs' for our reading scheme in Early Years and Year 1 (Year 2 for those children who have not passed the Phonics Screening Check).

Phonics Bug Club is an online reading scheme, which ensures children have access to decodable books, which are varied and have a rich reading experience. What’s more, there is a personalised website for each child using the online reading world.  The books are allocated to the children linked to the sounds they are learning that week. 


It is also used in Key Stage Two, where it forms an integral part of the children's journey into becoming more independent readers both on an individual level and as part of the Guided Reading carousel.


The children (Year 1 to Year 6) also have access to a variety of published schemes (ORT, Bug Club, Rigby Star and others) and our school library.  The published schemes are organised in widely based book bands and our library is organised by key stages and fiction/non-fiction books.


Developing a child's vocabulary, is a key element for all their learning. As such we recommend that parents spend time talking to their child about the book as well as listening to them read.


Below are some helpful guides for parents of children from Year 1 - 6 which give ideas and strategies for home reading.

Reading : Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

• Listen to traditional tales.
• Listen to a range of texts.
• Learn some poems by heart.
• Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.
• Discuss books.
• Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.
• Use the class and school libraries.
• Listen to short novels over time.

• Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and
• Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
• Learn poetry by heart.
• Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends,
traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other
• Take part in conversations about books.
• Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
• Use the school and community libraries.
• Look at classification systems.
• Look at books with a different alphabet to English.
• Read and listen to whole books.

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