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Welcome to the Reading & Phonics

Here you will find details about how we approach the teaching of phonics and reading at English Martyrs' RC Primary School.

There are also documents you can download to refer to. To access these, please click on the hyperlinks.

Phonics at English Martyrs' RC Primary School

At English Martyrs' RCP, we use the 'Twinkl Phonics' scheme.

What is Twinkl Phonics?

Twinkl Phonics is a DfE-validated, fully comprehensive, systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme. It’s perfect for use by children from nursery up to year 2.

Delivered through the stories and adventures of Kit, Sam and the Twinkl Phonics family, the scheme builds and develops the skills and understanding children need to become effective and independent readers and writers.

Please keep an eye on your child's reading record. Information regarding your child's current learning and associated parental support materials will be added weekly. Parental support material can be found here.

Reading at English Martyrs' RC Primary School

At English Martyrs' RCP, we use the 'Power of Reading' scheme.

Please click here to read more about this.

We use 'Rhino Readers' - a fully decodable reading scheme which is exactly aligned with Twinkl Phonics. The scheme gives teachers the option to select books ensuring that children will only meet the sounds and words they’ve already been taught, The books promote diversity, reflect children’s lives today and are designed to keep them engaged and interested.

Rhino Readers are available as hard copies, as eBooks and are also available through the Rhino Readers App.

Helping your child with the Rhino Readers - a webinar for parents

Rhino Readers - product guide

Reading with your child continues to be really important so keep reading lots of different books regularly together.

For parents of children in Years R, 1 and 2, join us for our weekly 'Read with Me'. This provides you with the opportunity to read with your child and to ask the class teacher for any advice on supporting your child with reading at home. This session takes place each Monday at 2.50pm.

"27% of children in 2019 left primary school unable to read at the expected level."
Department of Education
"One in four British five-year olds struggle with basic vocabulary."
Urban learning 2019
"9 million adults in the UK are functionally illiterate."
Urban learning 2019