Children are taught phonics using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.

Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics

Phonics in Reception

  • Daily, fun phonics sessions to learn the 44 sounds or ‘phonemes’ which make up the English language.
  • Children need to recognise the sound/phoneme and know the letter name (26 letters) e.g. my name is M, my sound is ‘m’
  • Pairs of letters for some sounds – digraphs e.g. ck
  • Learning the corresponding graphemes e.g. S (writing the letters)
  • Mark making and letter formation – writing!
  • Learning to sound out – to segment or chop the letter sounds – spelling in other words e.g. log = l – o – g
  • Learning to blend the letter sounds in a word to read it.
  • Children are taught to recognise high frequency words e.g. the, I, up, it, me, at. Some of these are tricky or camera words i.e. non-decodable e.g. me, you, the. Others are decodable e.g. i-t  a-t   o-n. Please see the Reception class page for more information.

Reading in Reception

  • Child will receive a reading book and have access to Phonics Bug books online.
  • Partnership with school - please read with your child at home. Please add a brief comment in the Reading Record to indicate that you have read with them. This will help us to know how your child is applying the reading skills they are learning at school.
  • Your child will be read to by an adult at least once a week and more often if they require more support.
  • Teacher comments will be a brief note on your child’s reading progress.
  • Children are encouraged to read a variety of books - comics, fiction/non-fiction, library books, magazines etc. 
  • Use phonics games - CBeebies, Phonics Play, iPad apps & Busythings.

Phonics Highlights