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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars



The teaching of systematic phonics is a key element to success in reading and writing.

In Nursery, children are exposed to letter sounds, how words can be segmented and blended and lots of rhyme. Following on from this, we use Read Write Inc. to teach phonics from Reception to Year 2. 

Catchy ditties help all children with the formation of their letters and support the learning of phonics. Each single sound has a rhyme that goes alongside it ( e.g. /s/ is 'slither down the snake') and as children begin to learn digraphs and trigraphs (2/3 letters coming together to make a sound); a rhyme is taught alongside these (e.g. for the sound /ay/ children learn the rhyme 'may I play?')


More information about the ditties and rhymes can be found in the documents below. There is also a link to the parents section on the Read Write Inc website:


In Year 1, children are required to take the phonics screening test which assesses their ability to use phonics to decode words. For more information about this, please see the Year 1 class pages.


In Year 2, once the majority of children have a secure base in phonics, children focus more on spelling, punctuation and grammar. We use 'No Nonsense Spelling' to support the delivery of this.