At the start of Phase Six of Letters and Sounds, children will have already learnt the most frequently occurring grapheme–phoneme correspondences (GPCs) in the English language. They will be able to read many familiar words automatically. When they come across unfamiliar words they will in many cases be able to decode them quickly and quietly using their well-developed sounding and blending skills. With more complex unfamiliar words they will often be able to decode them by sounding them out.
At this stage children should be able to spell words phonemically although not always correctly. In Phase Six the main aim is for children to become more fluent readers and more accurate spellers.
The No Nonsense Spelling is used during Phase 6 to teach the strategies, knowledge and skills pupils need to improve their spelling.
The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions, patterns and rules to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.