At Shadsworth Infant School we use the Department of Education approved document ‘Letters and Sounds’ for our teaching of phonics. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Nursery through to Year 2. Children in our Nursery work on Phase One phonics, which concentrates on developing their speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. As children move into Reception they continue to build on their listening skills and are introduced to Phase 2 which marks the start of systematic phonics work. They have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they revise previous learning, are taught new graphemes/phonemes, practise together and apply what they have learnt. Through Letters and Sounds, the children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more. Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.
For more information on phonics and the progression of sounds in each of the phases, click on the subpages to explore further.