St. Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, Swires Road, Halifax, HX1 2ER

01422 362365
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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Phonics & Reading



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At St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.  At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading and enrich children’s learning through exposure to high quality texts. 

Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.

All pupils have opportunities to develop their reading skills daily, and are encouraged to read at home with an adult.  We provide a text rich environment, in order to encourage a positive culture of reading throughout all classes and promote reading for pleasure.  Through high quality teaching and learning experiences we will develop children’s skills and competence so that they are fluent readers who can read to learn. 



Our Phonics Policy

 Our Reading Policy

Our Phonics Progression

 If you are not sure of some of the phonics terminology, please click here for a glossary.


Phonics Support for Parents

   Letters and Sounds


For tips about how to support your child's reading at home please click here.



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