St Ignatius CatholicPrimary School

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Subject Vision Statement

“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”

Albert Manguel

At St Ignatius, we help our early readers to learn and develop the knowledge and skills essential to read unfamiliar words by themselves. Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Through having letter-sound knowledge, and the ability to blend the sounds of letters together, children can decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. At St Ignatius, teach systematic synthetic phonics in a way that is fun for children.

Our Curriculum

At St Ignatius we have chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling.

It draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers. Our children read engaging, decodable books, matched to their secure phonic knowledge.


Children are regularly assessed on their phonic knowledge and skills so that support and challenge can be provided where necessary.

Every child completes a statutory phonics screening check in Year 1.

Useful Links

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised


Letters and Sounds Document


Free resources for Letters and Sounds phonics                                                


Phonics Play