Reading and Phonics


Reading and Phonics

Reading in EYFS and KS1 is taught initially using a systematic, synthetic phonic approach.  Phonics is taught daily as a discrete lesson and we use 'Letters and Sounds' as a core scheme to teach synthetic phonics which is multi-sensory, exciting and engaging.  During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children develop their phonic knowledge and skills and apply these in both reading and spelling.  As developing readers, children are encouraged to use a wider range of strategies to aid decoding of text and to enhance their understanding of material across a range of genre. The reading scheme used for KS1 includes a variety of texts which are banded at an appropriate level.

Phonics Play is a website packed with interactive phonics games and many different resources to help your child use their phonics skills in reading -


In EYFS and KS1, we follow the Letters and Sounds document for Phases 1- 4 and then the School Improvement Liverpool Plans once the children are secure in Phase 4.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check which will take place during the week 10th - 14th June 2019. Please ensure that your child is in school during this week.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their class teacher.  It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t

  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.

  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

For further Information on the Year One phonics screening check click here.

KS1 Phonics Results

In 2018, 93% of year 1 children passed the Phonics Screening Check.

In 2019, 97% of year 1 children passed the Phonics Screening Check.

Dates for your diary:

Friday 15th November 2019 at 9am – Phonics workshop to share ideas of games and activities to encourage your child to read at home.



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