Phonics Scheme


We follow Letters & Sounds for daily phonic lessons from Pre-School up to the end of Year 2.

Letters and Sounds Phases

Phase 1……. Pre-school

Phase 2-4…. Reception

Phase 5……. Year 1

Phase 6……. Year 2

We begin our phonic teaching in Pre-School.  We cover phase 1 of Letters & Sounds which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2.

The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Phase 2, 3 and 4 begin in Reception.  Being able to spot the sounds that letters make when they are put with other letters is vital for helping the children to decode tricky words when they are reading and writing. The ability to recognise these sounds will help to make your children into fluent readers and excellent spellers!

If you have a computer, try these games at home…

Picnic on Pluto

A great one for segmenting real and nonsense words

Picture Match

Practise blending sounds to read words and match them to the pictures

Family Learning

Access lots of free games, mostly aimed at initial phonics skills but fun and great for reinforcing sounds and blending simple words.

Phase 4 Games

We LOVE these games! Especially Dragon’s Den and Buried Treasure! They are great for sounding out real and nonsense words- ‘trash or treasure’…..

In Year 1 the children will cover phase 5.   Every child will have a Phonics Screening Test in the Summer Term. This involves the children reading 40 words, containing the phonemes they have learnt from Reception, there is a mixture of real and nonsense words in the Screening.

In Year 2 upwards, children will start working on the Read Write Inc (RWI) spelling programme.  This will teach children the different spelling patterns covered in Phase 6.

Statutory Spelling List for Years 1-6

Thatto Heath Community Primary School

Hobart Street
Thatto Heath
St. Helens
Headteacher: Mrs. Catherine Ireland
Main Contact: Mrs. Lisa Coates
SENDCO: Mrs. Louise McCallion
T: 01744 678710

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