Phonics sessions are taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 using the 'Letters and Sounds' Phonics Programme. We also teach the children the Jolly Phonics songs and actions to help them learn the phonemes. The children are taught following a six phase programme and follow the same lesson structure each day for 20 minutes. Children are regularly assessed and are streamed into different ability groups. We use the 'Rapid Phonics' programme as a phonics intervention with small groups of children which take place daily throughout school for children who require extra phonics support. All phonics sessions follow the same four part teaching sequence.
Teaching Sequence

  • Revisit and review- where previously taught sounds are revised


  • Teach- new sounds or tricky words are taught.


  • Practice- reading and writing letters and words with the new sound in.


  • Apply- read and writing caption and sentences with the new sound in.

At the end of Year 1 your child will complete a phonics assessment which is made up of real and nonsense words. This assesses how well children can use their knowledge of phonics to read words. You will be told your child's result at the end of Year 1 and if your child has or has not met the benchmark grade. If your child doesn't achieve the benchmark grade then further intensive support will be given in Year 2. This year our pass rate was 86% which was fantastic.