In F2, Yr1 and Yr2 at Pencoys Primary School, we follow a daily structured programme of synthetic phonics to get children off to a great start with their phonics and reading. We assess children regularly throughout the term to track their progress and ensure they are being challenged appropriately or given the necessary support.

In Preschool, children begin learning the single letter sounds in the term before they begin in reception if they are ready. Prior to this they develop their phonological awareness through Fred Games and exploring sounds in the environment, singing songs and sharing rhymes.

Following our programme children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts

  • learn how to blend sounds

  • learn how to ‘Fred’ talk or sound out words

  • learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent 44 sounds

  • learn to write words by saying the sounds

Each June, all children in Year 1 undertake the National Phonics Screening Check. The check consists of 40 words (20 real words and 20 pseudo ‘alien’ words) which the children are asked to read. The focus of this check is to see if pupils can decode a range of words which they have not seen before. Any pupils that do not pass this check will be given extra support in Year 2 and will retake it the following June.

Find out more…

Oxford Owl Phonics

Literacy Trust Phonics