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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.

Phonics Room

Read Write Inc. Support during closure 


Read Write Inc. will now be holding daily virtual lessons for children. 


From Monday 23rd March They are scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and Youtube for children to watch at home.


They will release three short speed sound lessons with one of their trainers every day for the next two weeks. the films will only be available at the times below

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm 
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00am and again at 1.00pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm

Please note the films are live streamed and won't be available at other times.


They are also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00pm every day, They will be available to watch again and again.


This is a great opportunity for children to continue their development and knowledge of phonics

Please follow the link below.


Thank you for your continued support


The Reception and Year 1 staff



Welcome to the Phonics Room!


Here we hope you will find everything you need to know about how the children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 are learning to read. If we have missed anything at all, please let us know. Miss Piacquadio is Phonics Lead at St Mary Magdalene so please feel free to see her at any time.


The ability to read is within the reach of every child. The most direct route to reading for the vast majority of children is through systematically taught, ‘synthetic phonics’. At St Mary Magdalene a ‘phonics first’ approach to reading is used, where children learn to decode (read) and encode (spell) printed words quickly and fluently by blending and segmenting letter sounds. Our teaching and learning follows the progression of Read Write Inc.


We support the children’s application of phonics to their ‘Book Bag Books’ both in school and at home, in this way the children can apply and reinforce the phonics they have learnt until children are able to read with fluency and apply their knowledge of all the letter/sound patterns taught.



Children who are just beginning to learn the letter/sound correspondences are learning at the same time to tell stories using books which do not have words to begin with. This is crucial in the development of spoken language and vocabulary. It is a necessary stepping stone towards becoming an accomplished reader and writer.

Phonics Explained

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Set 2 Sounds Pronunciation

How you can help at home

Read Write Inc. Get Spelling Years 2 to 6

Red Words