Phonics – general information

Essential Letters and Sounds is the resource we use to support the systematic teaching of phonics. Children begin the programme in Early Years and then continue across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Every child in FS and KS1  has a teacher-led phonics session every morning. Interventions continue in KS2. They learn to read and write simple sentences through this approach, and are able to read books linked to their level of knowledge and understanding of phonics.

Mrs Vicky Burnell is our lead for Phonics in school.

At the end of Y1, children take part in the national Phonics Screening Check. They read 40 unseen words which are a combination of ‘real’ and ‘nonsense’, or ‘alien’ words to check their phonic knowledge, and gain a score out of 40. When all schools have completed the check, the DFE sets a score that children need to have reached to be judged to be ‘working at the expected standard’. This mark has varied over the years, sometimes being 32, 33 or 34 out of 40. You will receive a printout of your child’s score with their end of year report.

Further Information

Hear each letter sound. We are often asked how each letter (or pair of letters) is pronounced. The link below will take you to the BBC Phonics tool which will enable you to hear the pronunciation of each sound.

Click here to hear each sound.

The Oxford Owl website has some excellent information for parents. There are a couple of useful videos as well as a really helpful player that allows you to hear each letter sound.

Click here on this link to visit the site.