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Phonics Mission Statement for Ley Top Primary School

At Ley Top Primary School, we continuously deliver phonics teaching of the highest standard.  We follow the Letters and Sounds programme published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007.

 In Nursery, the children begin Phase 1 where they develop their speaking and listening skills and explore environmental sounds.  This, along with the promotion of a love of rhyme, lays the foundation for Phase 2 which they are introduced to in Reception.  

During Phase 2, the children learn the 19 most common single-letter sounds and how to blend them together to read and write words.  They develop the skills to decode 'high frequency' words and recognise 'tricky' words.  

This continues through Phase 3 of the programme and Phase 4 - where the skills are acquired to read adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words.  Our aim is that by the end of Year 2, the children will have studied the phase 6 programme and gained the confidence to use alternative pronunciations and graphemes in their work.

Each lesson is enhanced with resource-based games and songs from the Jolly Phonics app and Phonics Play website. 

The phonics lessons start the children on their journey to becoming fluent readers and progressing through a series of different reading schemes. Using various reading schemes helps supports our children become fluent readers. Our schemes are;

-Rocket Phonics

-Big Cat Phonics

- Floppy Phonics

- Songbirds

- Bug Club Phonics

-Word Sparkes


Below is a booklet, which explains all the terminology used to teach phonics.

Parents Phonics Glossary


Phase 1 

For further information regarding Phase 1 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-1.html

Phase 2

For further information regarding Phase 2 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2.html

Phase 3

For further information regarding Phase 3 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-3.html

Phase 4

For further information regarding Phase 4 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4.html

Phase 5

For further information regarding Phase 5 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-5-introduction.html

Phase 6

For further information regarding Phase 6 phonics, please visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-6-introduction.html