Phonics

Our children’s phonics journey starts in Reception.
Phonics provides vital foundations to become a fluent reader.

We have adapted the DFE’s ‘Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics’ by supplementing it with our own progressive planning which is fully resourced and unique to our school. As a result, our Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Program (SSP) is high quality and robust in its purpose. With a clear structured route it allows all our pupils in meeting or exceeding the expected standard.

Phonics is taught through a dedicated daily session to introduce new phonemes (sounds) and practise the skill of blending phonemes to form both real and alien words and regular use of flash cards for the children to consolidate their knowledge of those phonemes, alongside a range of activities and interactive games. The children are also taught to read sets of tricky words within each phonic phase that also supports their reading. In addition we use actions to help the children remember phonemes; this kinaesthetic, visual and auditory approach helps the children to retain the phonemes and supports children with SEND. The children get to apply their skills and knowledge throughout their day, across the curriculum and have access to the appropriate phase sound mats when reading and writing to support and reinforce their learning. Decodable reading books are also provided matched to the children’s phonic phases through the use of use Oxford Owl Letters & Sounds and Oxford Reading Tree.  We use both individual and guided reading to teach reading alongside phonics.

In conjunction with the teaching of phonics we also give our children phonics-based activities to take home at the appropriate level and phase. This helps consolidate what has been learnt in school and is a very personalised approach to match the individual need.

The phonics progression map below details how the program is split into phases (Phase 1-6), along with when the different phonemes, (and their corresponding graphemes), tricky words and common exception words are taught in their phase and year group.

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Ashchurch Primary School

Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury,

Gloucestershire GL20 8LA


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Headteacher: Richard Gibson

01684 292376

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