During phonic sessions, children will learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend these for reading and writing.


The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word. Our pupils will have followed a rigorous phonics teaching programme throughout their Key Stage 1 education, and for many of them, this will have been Read Write Inc.

Whilst many children will have completed a full phonics programme at infant school, when they start at Key stage 2, we aim to assess each child to identify gaps in their phonics knowledge – in both reading and spelling – and base our Year 3 phonics teaching and progression on these gaps using Twinkl phonics to support the children.

In Year 4, children are reassessed and the same approach is taken; basing teaching and progression on the gaps identified.

In Upper School, whole-class phonics is taught where needed. In addition, phonics is taught through interventions with specific children who still have gaps in their learning, Twinkl Phonics.

Please click the link below for phonics guide for parents.