St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Reading and phonics

Here are some other websites and online games to help with phonics at home. 


Further reading at home

We have created an account at Oxford Owl so that you and your children can access age appropriate reading books. 

Please look on the back of the books that come home with your child to see which book band they are on.  You may feel that they have made good progress and need to be moved up a level.  There is a diagnostic tool on the website as well.  However, before you do move your child on please be aware that reading isn't just about being able to decode the words fluently.  It is also about being able to make predictions, answer questions and read with expression.  If your child is still sounding out every work and not recognising repeated words or tricky words, then they are not yet ready to move on.

There is just one log in for the whole class. 

Log in at

Username: yrstmrottingdean

Password: schoolisfun


Phonics play

for tablets and phones

Decodable comics


Mr Thorne does phonics

A popular you tube channel

And an apple app (sorry there isn't one for android)


Alphablocks on cbeebies iplayer


Cued articulation

The children have learnt an action to prompt them with each sound. This website has a little video for each sound to help them remember it.



Online stories and books to read and listen to

Brighton and Hove Libraries stories online

Brighton and Hove libraries are running regular online story sessions via their facebook page with their librarians. You might spot Mr Maile - our lovely Reception volunteer doing a session too!


Cbeebies bedtime stories online 

A library of all the cbeebies bedtime stories.


Children's authors and illustrators reading their books online

Some authors and illustrators are doing regular story times or art lessons based on their books. Many are on their facebook or instagram pages but some are then uploaded onto their websites. 

Oliver Jeffers - daily story time on Instagram stories

Emily Gravett see her instagram feed and IGTV for videos of her reading some of her books with cameos from her dog.

Chris Haughton

Scottish Book trust - library of Children's authors and illustrators reading and talking about their books.

Save with Stories, a charity initiative with famous people reading children's stories to support children to learn and eat. The charity is US based, but the stories are well known and you'll recognise quite a few of the readers. Find the stories on their instagram or facebook