St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Reading and Phonics

Reading, and a love of books, is a precious gift that you can give to your child. Books are a gateway to a different world every day. Through stories you can take your child to places that are special and unique. This guide will hopefully share some ideas for books that children love, when to share them and what to do after you’ve read them. Whilst children can become fed up of a film, books are something that they will return to again and again. When a child becomes familiar with a story, they will happily sit and ‘read’ it to themselves whether they can read the words or not. Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Children need positive reading role models. If you read, they are likely to want to do the same. It doesn’t matter if it is a book, magazine or newspaper. Children also enjoy having a bedtime story right through to the Junior School and beyond. As your child gets older, they will learn to cope with stories with chapters. There are a huge range of easier chapter books to buy, with a lot of illustrations to break up the text. Any of the teachers will be happy to share ideas about recommendations for books to have at home. The most important thing is to spend time with your child, have a cuddle and enjoy books.  There are many online sources for well-priced books.




Phonics refers to the sounds letters make on their own or in combination with other letters. The school’s chosen approach to phonics is through teaching ‘Phonics Bug’ programme, which is an systematic, synthetic phonics programme.  From their first days in nursery and reception the children will be encouraged to listen to the sounds in words and will begin to link these sounds to letters. This is an important aspect of learning to read and is taught daily throughout the school in class, small groups and sometimes individuality.


Children take part in daily 'Phonics Bug' lessons. This is supported through daily reading and online tasks which can be accessed at home.