Child reading with grown up


Phonics Guidance

The school follows the ‘DFE Letters and Sounds’ phonics guidance. The six phases and the order of the phonemes/graphemes taught will be taken from the above programme.

The areas covered for high-quality phonics are noted below;

  1. Introducing grapheme-phoneme correspondence
  2. Reading and spelling simple regular words
  3. Introducing sounds that are represented by more than one letter
  4. Introducing alternative grapheme-phoneme correspondence
  5. Introducing tricky words

Other materials and schemes that compliment Letters and Sounds including Phonics Play, Read Write Inc and Jolly Phonics may be used to support the phonics teaching in school.


All children in Reception and key stage 1 will be taught a discrete phonics session on a daily basis as well as phonics integrated into their literacy sessions. Some phonics activities will also be taught through guided reading sessions.


The children’s understanding and knowledge of the graphemes/letters taught will be monitored and reviewed regularly.

Phonics Screening

During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need support in Year 2 to develop reading and writing skills. The test is very low-key and the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child’s end-of-year report. Additional individual and group tuition in phonics will be given to those children in year 1 and Year 2 who find reading difficult. Some year 2 children will be tested again in the summer term.