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Phonics at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery


Phonics Scheme

Synthetic phonics at our school is taught using the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics programme (2007). The programme fosters children’s speaking and listening skills and equips them with the phonic knowledge and skills they need to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.


The Letters and Sounds programme enables children to see the relationship between reading and spelling from an early phase so that the teaching of one reinforces understanding of the other. Decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) are treated as reversible processes.


This is made up of a six-phase teaching programme with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell high frequency words, which are words with spellings that are unusual.


Year GroupExpected Phase
NurseryAutumn: Phase 1
Spring: Phase 1 / 2 
Summer: Phase 2 / 3
ReceptionAutumn: Phase 2/ 3 
Spring: Phase 2 / 3
Summer: Phase 3 / 4
Year One Phase 4 and 5
June: Phonics Screen Check
Year TwoPhase 5 and 6