Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme

Our school uses a phonics programme called Letters and Sounds Children start this in Nursery and in Reception.  

To visit the Letters and Sounds website please click on the picture link.

What is Letters and Sounds?

At Glodwick School, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme, supplemented with Jolly Phonics actions. The children are grouped according to their ability and receive high quality teaching at the level appropriate for their learning at that time.

The children can move between groups depending on their rate of progress,  fully maximising their learning.  The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.  The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. 

Letters and Sounds Phases


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

What Can I Do to Help?

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try to find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. 

Phonics Screening Check

In the summer term, the government asks us to carry out a phonics check for all of the Year 1 children. This gives us extra information about their progress. We will talk to you about how well your child has done and especially if we have any worries at all.

Pleas find some picture links below to help support your child with their phonics.

Phonic Books - How to say the sounds of letters in Synthetic Phonics

Phonics Play - Phase 2

Dinosaur Eggs Phonics

Forest Phonics

Epic Phonics