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At Bishop Ellis school we teach a systematic phonic programme based on "Letters and Sounds". This is a resource published by the Department for Education and Skills with the first edition being launched 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.


We teach two 20 minute sessions each day with the children split into 8 ability groups through the key stage, allowing for personalised teaching with small adult to child ratios. 


Children in year 1 are taught in four extra 20 minute sessions to reinforce the learning from the previous session. It also gives the children an extra chance to apply the new skills that they learn.


Please click this link to visit the DoE website where you can download the original programme in full (opens in a new window).



The children need to learn to read and write these High Frequency Words throughout Key Stage 1, They should know how to read and spell all of them by the end of year 2.
Children in Key Stage 1 learn to read and write using phonics. These sound mats are a great resource to support your child with reading and writing at home.

Phonics Screening Check Example

* Love God * Aspire to be the Best * Be Honest * Forgive * Care *