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Phonics and Reading in School

Central to our teaching of early reading skills is the teaching of systematic phonics using `Sounds Write`. This programme has been developed by John Walker with Susan Case and David Philpot,  and provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used in many primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers.

Phonics teaching helps children to understand the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and sounds (phonemes) of spoken language.

Words are made up of sounds (phonemes) and in English there are 44 sounds.

Using Sounds Write,  children learn these 44 common sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts. They learn to read words using sound blending. Crucially, the children read lively storybooks and non-fiction books featuring words they have learned to sound out and can decode, so they achieve success in reading. Children are encouraged to show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘find it’ and ‘prove it’ discussion questions.

As they move through the programme and know more sounds, the range of texts they read is extended.

Sounds Write sessions are taught each day to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

There is lots of information and some useful video clips for parents at:


We use a combination of reading schemes throughout school. These include Oxford Reading Tree and Project-X, giving a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children’s reading. The Code-X reading scheme is also used as a reading intervention for children throughout school.

Our daily phonics sessions are fun and involve lots of speaking and listening through a variety of activities and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation – they learn to use their phonics knowledge for reading, writing and in their independent play.

Below are some videos which parents may find useful in supporting their child with their progress in phonics.

Phase 1 Phonics


Phase 2 Phonics

Phase 3 Phonics

Phase 4 Phonics

Phase 5 Phonics

Phonics Games to Help your Children

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