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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’


Being able to read is one of the most important skills children learn during their early schooling and has a direct impact on all aspects of their learning and confidence. High quality phonic teaching is the prime means by which we teach children how to read and spell words. At The Divine Mercy, we use a synthetic phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds’. 


To develop their reading skills, children will read a mixture of reading scheme books (Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Treetops, Rigby Star), along with popular books, guided reading sessions and e-books (Bug Club). 




We aim:

  • To teach pupils phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness in order to encourage good spelling.  

  • To encourage repetition and consolidation, so that spelling becomes automatic.  

  • To encourage pupils to segment and blend.  

  • To learn to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language.  

  • To teach pupils specific strategies to help them remember tricky words.  

  • To ensure that the teaching of phonics is lively, interactive and investigative.

  • To encourage pupils to apply their phonic skills in all curriculum areas.

  • To use a range of approaches to learn and spell irregular words.



Pupils in EYFS and KS1 have access to a range of phonics opportunities that include:

  • Whole class teaching of specific spelling patterns

  • Daily discrete phonics teaching

  • Using phonics knowledge in real life contexts

  • Applying skills in cross curricular contexts


Pupils in KS2 have access to a range of phonics opportunities that include:

  • Whole class teaching of specific spelling conventions and rules

  • Discrete phonics teaching as part of an intervention group where gaps in phonological knowledge have been identified

  • Applying skills in cross curricular contexts


Teaching and Learning

  • Teachers provide a wide range of contexts for reinforcing spelling patterns and tricky words throughout the school day. Letters and Sounds and No Nonsense Spelling are used as a basis for teachers’ planning.

  • Learning takes place in a variety of situations and group settings. For example, these could include working independently to practise tricky words, possibly using ICT; working collaboratively on an investigation and participating in short, focused whole class activities.

  • Children are expected to spell high frequency words correctly and the word lists for their particular year group.

Click on the link below to watch some videos and find phonics games to help your child to learn!