Letters and Sounds

At St Thomas’ we follow a systematic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds.  All children take part in a fun, fast-paced, phonics session for 15-20 minutes every day. The teaching of phonics has been shown to provide a quick and efficient way for most young children to learn to read words on the page, fluently and accurately. It is also a great help for their spelling.  The Letters and Sounds program is divided into 6 phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. It is expected that phase 1 begins before the children start school as the children learn to listen attentively and play with spoken words and sounds. As the children progress through phases 2 to 5 they will learn how the sounds which make up words are represented and learn to use these to read and spell. Once the children reach the final phase within Year 2 the focus is on developing the children’s spelling strategies. As the children progress through the school, we use ongoing assessments to enable us to ensure that children are grouped and taught at the level that is most appropriate for them.

How to help at home

- read every day with your child

- let your child see you enjoying reading

- talk to your child about print in the environment

- take care when pronouncing the sounds at home

  (there is a link below to a video which demonstrates how we say the sounds in school)

- play games to reinforce your child’s learning in school (there are links below to online games as well as a list of games you can play)

- always praise their efforts and make reading an enjoyable experience!

Useful links:

Please click here - this link takes you to a video to show you how we teach the children to pronounce each sound. (Sounds of the English Phonic Code - Synthetic Phonics.wmv)

Click here to view a list of the words our children are expected to be able to read and spell.

Click here for a list of games you can play with your child to support letters and sounds and spelling.

Please click here to find out more about the actions we often use alongside each sound to support the children’s recall.

Phonics games:








If you would like to find out more about phonics you can....

- attend one of our information sessions for parents

- explore one of the websites above

- speak to our Phonics Lead, Mrs Newman

- if you would like to find out about the statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check please click here.