St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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We love our Phonics sessions!! We are getting better at reading simple words!

Nursery had so much fun on our listening walk. we were quietly walked round the school to listen to all the different sounds. When our walk finished we sat in a big circle and we all said one sound we heard. WE got some very interesting answers!smiley


At St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. scheme for phonics lessons. In time, Read Write, Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.


In Nursery, children begin their phonics journey by working through interactive games and activities planned to develop their speaking and listening skills. This lays the foundations for the phonic work which begin learning Read, Write Inc. later on in the year. The emphasis during this time is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

We focus on:

  • general sound discrimination
  •  environmental sounds
  • instrumental sounds
  • body percussion
  • rhythm and rhyme
  •  alliteration
  • voice sounds
  • finally oral blending and segmenting

 After covering all these areas, most children will begin learning their set one sounds. 

Watch our Youtube videos for help with pronunciation and practising set one sounds at home. 

Check out our phonics resources below.  

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Set 1 Sounds: Letter Formation Worksheets

Set 1 Sounds Resources