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Bishop Ellis Catholic

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Phonics at Bishop Ellis

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily at a dedicated time. Phonics is naturally reinforced throughout the day in other areas of the curriculum. Children are taught to blend sounds together, in order to read, and break up a word into its sounds in order to aid spelling. We use a programme called ‘KTC phonics.’ as well as flashcards, games, songs and rhymes depending on the age of the children. 

Lessons follow the same consistent plan: 

Review and Recap  






In foundation stage, children learn the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. Throughout Year 1, children will consolidate the phase 3 sounds and then learn the phase 5 sounds. 

The Year 1 statutory phonics check 

At the end of year 1, children undertake the phonics screening check. This is a statutory requirement of all children in England. It is done on a 1:1 basis with your child’s teacher or a familiar adult in school. The check is made up of 40 real and nonsense words which children read using their knowledge of phase 2-5 sounds. The check is designed to give both teachers and parents information about how your child is progressing in phonics. The pass mark is set every year nationally and is usually around 32 correct answers out of 40. 

If children do not pass, do not worry, the children will receive more support during year 2 and will re-take the check the following year. 

Year 2 and above. 

Children from year 2 to year 6 will have at least 3 discrete spelling lessons a week which will cover the national curriculum spelling rules. All children will be given discrete lessons to support their understanding of spelling rules as well as covering the common exception words. Children who need to continue with discrete phonics sessions will continue to do so.



Phonics 2022 Strategy

At Bishop Ellis, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we will teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. 

As a result, all our children will be able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Bishop Ellis, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.