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Phonics is currently being taught in class bubbles.  Children are having their daily speed sounds lessons and the RWI reading and writing section of the lesson with their class TA/Teacher.  Some parents have been sent or given a letter about reading RWI Phonics books on the Oxford Owl website in order to supplement the books sent from school.  We have also asked all children in Phonics groups to read books from Oxford Owl over the October 2020 half term.

Please find the Oxford Owl web address and class log in details below:





When the page has loaded, scroll down slightly until you see a tab for the Read Write Inc. ebook library. 


YEAR R Cubs use:  userrname - StMichaelsB&C         password -  B&C2020

YEAR R Ducklings use:   username: StMichaelsD&D Password: D&D2020


YEAR 1 Lions use: username -  stmichaelsyear1lion    password - year1l2020  

YEAR 1 Tigers use: username stmichaelsyear1tiger   password - year1t2020  


YEAR 2 Foxes use: username - stmichaelsyear2fox   password - year2f2020  

YEAR 2 WOLVES use:  username -stmichaelsyear2wolf   password = year2w2020


YEAR 3 Macaws use: username - StMichaelsMacaws    password - Macaws2020

YEAR 3 TOUCANS use: username - StMichaelsToucans     password - Toucans2020

If you would like to see how we teach part of our Read Write Inc Phonics lessons, then look no further.  The videos below show you how sounds are taught in reception.  I have also posted set 2 sounds and spelling videos which are normally suitable for children at the end of Year R and in Year 1. There are set 3 sounds and spelling videos for children in Years 1, 2 and 3.  Then lastly some videos for children in Blue and Grey groups to help them read longer words.


Keep your eyes peeled as these videos will be changed regularly to show new sounds.


Set 1 special friends - 2 letters make 1 sound.


Set 2 speed sound video - oo (1) (poo at the zoo)

Set 2 spelling video - oo (1)


Set 3 speed sound video - are (1) (care and share)

Set 3 spelling video - are (1)

Parent Meeting Powerpoint - Phonics Screening Check Assessment

To teach phonics we use a scheme called 'Read Write Inc'.  Children in Year R, 1 and some children in Year 2, 3 and 4 have been assessed and grouped according to their performance.  Teachers and staff who help deliver Phonics are receiving up to date training both in the school and with experienced Read Write Inc trainers at other schools.  Our aim is to deliver an even better phonics session each day that is fast paced and has a greater emphasis on Reading books in the Phonics lesson.


The priority, as before, is on reading skills – children should be able identify the sound that a letter (or letters) makes and use this knowledge to blend sounds to make words and to segment words into their component sounds.  Teaching children to write the letters that make the sounds is integrated into our daily phonics delivery.  Daily lessons incorporate a range of resources, media and interactive activities.  Each day, the children will revise previous learning and steadily build their phonic knowledge. 


We will be keeping the weekly spelling test as part of the Phonics provision and so children in Years 1 and 2 will continue to bring home spellings to learn.  These spellings will link to the sounds they are practising through Read Write Inc.


Parents in Year 2, 3 and 4 who have a Letters and Sounds Phonics pack are kindly asked to return them so that t hey can be altered to suit or RWI programme.  Once these new and more relevant packs are made, we will invite parents in to school to collect one for their child.

How to correctly pronounce the phonemes (sounds) taught in phonics.


The video below shows how to correctly pronounce the different sounds that are used in English.  It is very important that these sounds are pronounced correctly and how these are taught has changed over time so we would strongly recommend watching the video to make sure that how you teach your children the sounds is the same as how we are teaching them.  A good tip is to think about how the sound is pronounced when it is at the end of a word.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Phonics Screening Test Meetings

There will be meetings coming up after Christmas to inform parents of the check which takes place in June for Year 1 and for some Year 2 children.

Phonics Screening Check Powerpoints from last year's meeting

Here are a variety of websites and apps that can help reinforce the phonics teaching that is done in school.  Click on the images below to have a look.  







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