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Reading is one of the most important subjects we teach at Quarry Bank Primary School. Wherever possible we promote the love of reading and we embed texts throughout our whole curriculum.


Below are the principles we apply when we teach reading.

Phonics at Quarry Bank Primary School

In 2021-22 we are excited to begin implementing a phonics scheme called Sounds Write. The scheme is very well-aligned to our existing pedagogy and has a significant body of research and case studies that demonstrate its effectiveness and impact on reading.


If parents want to learn more about Sounds Write phonics and how they can support their children at home. Please complete this free online Sounds Write training course. 

Sounds-Write begins with the sounds of the English language and teaches children the matching spelling correspondences. Through the Sounds-Write approach, children master the skills of segmenting, blending and manipulating sounds in order to read and spell. They also learn the alphabetic code knowledge needed in order to read accurately and fluently, as well as the key concepts about the alphabetic code. These concepts are:


· letters are symbols that represent sounds.

· sounds can be spelled using 1, 2, 3 or 4 letters.

· the same sound can be spelled in different ways.

· the same spelling can represent different sounds.


You can find out more about Sounds-Write, including information for parents here: