St Stephen's

CE Primary School

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

Learning, loving and growing; together as God's children

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At St Stephen's CE Primary school, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts in Nursery and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, our children have the skills and knowledge to be able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. At St Stephen's CE Primary School we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

Below you will find lots of useful documents and videos to further support your children, at home. 

As always, thank you to those parents who joined us on, Tuesday 3rd May to discuss the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. You will find the Power Point from our meeting, below. 

Click here to see our Early Reading and Phonics Policy. 

Click here to see our Reception and Year 1 overview. 

Click here to see our Phonics Glossary.

Click here to see the grapheme information sheet.  

Below, you will find some useful videos. The videos will show you how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

Your child's books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday, in school. However, you also have the opportunity to read new books online. 

Click here to log in to Active Learn and read books that have been assigned to your child. If you do not have your child's login details, please ask their class teacher. Converting

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child will bring home:

A reading practice book (Bug Club). This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently and it should be read more than once, so that your child has the opportunity to develop fluency. 

A sharing book.  This will be chosen from our library. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Your child may also bring an additional banded book home.