Phonics and Reading

We currently follow the Letters and Sounds programme and use Jolly Phonics alongside to support our children in the acquisition and application of sounds. All children in Early Years and Year One participate in a Phonics lesson each day and children are actively encouraged to apply the skills learnt during these sessions to all of their reading and writing activities.

During the Autumn term in Reception, each child receives a banded reading book that matches their reading ability and provides them with a range of different text types.  The children also have access to our school library and may borrow a book of their choice.


Please see the video below for more information about how to articlate each phomene and the Jolly Phonics actions that we learn in school.


In June 2019, pupils in Year 1 will take part in a statutory national phonics Screening test. This applies to all children in Year 1 throughout England and Wales. 

During the Spring Term 2019, a meeting for parents will be held to provide further support and information about the Phonics Screening.


St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School


At St. Patrick’s, we teach phonics every day for 20 minutes in year groups, from Nursery  to Year 2. We recognise that success in learning phonics comes from frequent repetition, a “little and often” approach. We are committed to our “every day” approach to phonics and even when we have other activities planned, for example a visit out of school, we always ensure that a short phonics session is included as part of the day, either before or after the trip.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which is the systematic phonics programme published by the government. Letters and Sounds is split into 6 phases.


In Nursery, the children start with Phase 1. The main aim of this phase is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. This phase continues throughout the subsequent phases.



Soon after starting school, we begin Phase 2, when children start to recognise letters and the sounds that they make. They are also given opportunities to practise blending for reading and segmenting for writing as soon as they recognise a few letters. Phase 3 is covered in the spring term. This introduces digraphs and trigraphs. In the summer term, we complete Phase 4. No new phonemes are introduced, but the phonemes that the children know are used to create clusters.

Year 1

In Year 1, we cover Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase, the children learn alternative spellings of the graphemes that they know. For example: Reception children know the grapheme ‘oi’, as in boil. In Year 1, the children learn ‘oy’, as in boy. They also learn ‘split digraphs’ e.g. a-e as in game i-e as in pine.

In June 2019, all Year 1 pupils will particiapte in the national Phonics Screnning programme. many thanks to the parents/ carers whoa ttended our recent information session,  a copy of the powerpoint in in the link below, if you have any further questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Miss Barber.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Information

Year 2

In Year 2, we cover Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds. The aim throughout this phase is for children to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers. The work that they will cover during this year will include changing words to the past tense, adding suffixes and learning how to spell longer words.


Useful Websites

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 The articulation of phonemes is most important. It is crucial in helping your child to learn how to read and write. This is a clip of a teacher saying the sounds as we teach them.

To help the children remember the phonemes, we also teach ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to accompany each sound. See the link below for actions for Phase 2 sounds.

We use a range of games to reinforce the learning of phonics. Phonics play has a range of resources to aid your child through the 6 phonics phases. We use this in school to support the children’s learning and it accessible for pupils to use at home as well.

Please see the links below for games and activties that can be used to support your child.

Phonics Play

Top Marks

CVC words

CVC Maker

Word Wheels

Cluster Buster

Word Blender

Vowel Phonemes - Write a postcard

May 2019



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