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, we teach synthetic phonics in a way that is multi-sensory and fun for children.


Our Curriculum

At St Ignatius we teach the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme every day from Reception through to Year 2. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

We use Jolly Phonics resources to support our teaching. Jolly Phonics uses interactive storytelling, pictures, songs and actions to teach and build on what children already know.



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

Letters and Sounds Document

Free resources for Letters and Sounds phonics           

Jolly Phonics                                                                       

Phonics Play