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Phonics Intent Statement

How we teach Phonics at Broke Hall Primary School

At Broke Hall Primary School, we intend to develop skills and confidence in reading, writing and communication. We believe that the teaching of phonics is vital for children to become competent readers and writers. We endeavour to teach phonics in a way that is lively, interactive and investigative. We aim for children to develop excellent phonic knowledge and skills along with an extensive and rich vocabulary.

Phonics is taught in a highly structured programme including daily 20mins discreet phonics lessons across FS/KS1 and KS2 in groups differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development.

The Letters and Sounds programme is followed, providing a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. We use Phonics Play as a resource to support learning.

Each session has a clear structure and gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned.

We encourage independence and active learning. We aim to use phonics as a tool to engage children and foster a lifelong love of reading.

Assessment for Learning enables us to move on through phases with pace, following a structured planning sequence.

We use sound buttons/bars and nonsense (Alien) words in every lesson. We model segmenting and blending words using known sounds.

Our English books show how we use our phonics in our writing with a focus on reading and writing from the very first set of sounds taught.


Nursery and Reception Phonics Information Session       click here

Year 1 Phonics Screening Information Session                 click here

Websites to support your children

How to say the sounds correctly

Don't forget to refer back to the letter names.

How to say the 42 letter sounds




Useful activities for Home Learning 

Simple multisensory phonics activities to try at home


Printable sound mats


Printable phonics word lists

Further information about 'Letters and Sounds'

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers.



Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds,
instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice
sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two


Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each.
Blending sounds together to make words.
Segmenting words into their separate sounds.
Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each.
Graphemes such as ch, oo, the representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters.
Reading captions, sentences and questions.
On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase.
Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.