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At Hereward Primary School, all children in the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are taught phonics daily. In Year 2, phonics is done in conjunction with learning about spelling, grammar and the use of punctuation. We use a system called 'Letters & Sounds' which teaches what is called 'synthetic phonics'.


What is Synthetic Phonics?


How sounds are represented by letters

How to decode letters to say sounds

How to blend (synthesise) sounds to read words


Children are systematically taught:


•letter-sound correspondences

•to read words by blending sounds

•to spell by identifying sounds in words

   ( segmenting spoken words )

•to form letters

This is called 'segmenting' the sounds in a word.

This is called 'segmenting' the sounds in a word. The children know this as 'sound talking'.


'Letters & Sounds' begins in our Nursery and continues up to Year 2. Children in Key Stage 2 may continue with aspects of ‘Letters & Sounds’ if required. It is broken up into 6 phases. Children are taught systematically throughout each stage.

At the end of Year 1, all children must participate in the Government's 'Phonics Screening Check'. This is to see if they are working at, or towards, the required national standard in terms of phonics skills.

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.

Phonics Long Term Plan