Phonics and Spelling


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 4-5) and Key Stage 1 or Years 1 and 2 (ages 5-6 and 6-7), we use a ‘synthetic’ approach to teaching phonics. This means that children are explicitly taught how certain phonemes (sounds) are represented by certain graphemes (letters or groups of letters), for example the long vowel sound a- can be made by ai, as in maid, a-e as in made, ay as in may and so on. If you would like to see a list of these then you see the National Curriculum for English below (English Appendix 1: Spelling), or a more ‘friendly’ age appropriate version is in the middle of your child’s reading record. This approach to teaching phonics means that the children learn individual letter sounds, to clusters or blends of letters, with those sounds blending to make whole words.

EYFS and Year 1 follow Letters and Sounds for teaching phonics and spelling. From Year 2 to Year 6, we use the No Nonsense spelling programme, which incorporates phonics work as well. You can find an overview of both below.

Below are some links to lots of great games and activities that will help support your learning.
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The older version of the BBC Bitesize website has lots of fun games and quizzes for all areas of English.
Try the Off By Heart website...
The Primary Homework Help site has a massive database of games:
There are lots of different story activities here for all ages: from traditional nursery rhymes to Dr Who scripts.