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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

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Phonics at St Botolph’s 

From September 2020 we have adopted a programme called Sounds Write. Here is a summary of what will remain the same and what will be different from the previous way phonics was taught.

Phonic sessions

Will still be taught every day with the whole class

Letter sounds

Will no longer be taught using actions or pictures. They will always be taught in the context of a word.

Reading books

Will no longer be given colour bands (red, pink, yellow etc) but have been organised according to the order they are taught in – these are called units. You will be informed by your child’s teacher which unit your child is working on and which reading books you should expect to receive.

Here are some very useful links explaining more about Sounds Write

An introduction from John Walker, the founder – although it is written for parents of children in Reception, it is a useful read for all -

Links to free resources, including free online courses -

Free printable resources -

This video will show you how to help your child to read a decodable story. 

Please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher should you have any questions about this approach.

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