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Wisbech St. Mary

Wisbech St. Mary

Church of England Academy
Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust

Our Phonics programme

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Phonics at Wisbech St Mary Academy

From September 2020 we are delighted to adopt a programme called Sounds Write. The majority of staff are now linguistic phonics practitioners and are trained to support your child to develop their phonemic awareness and spelling. 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 everyday with the whole class

We will no longer be teaching using the Story time phonics programme. 

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

Useful links and resources

Here are some very useful links explaining more about Sounds Write

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


Links to free resources, including free online courses -

Here is a course written by the man who created the Sounds write programme, John Walker

Free printable resources -

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