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Bishop Ellis Catholic

Primary School

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At Bishop Ellis school we teach a systematic phonic programme called Letters and Sounds. This is a resource published by the Department for Education and Skills 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 a 20 minute session each day with the children split into 4 or 5 ability groups, allowing for personalised teaching with small adult to child ratios.


In our phonics sessions, children will begin to learn to recognise each letter and be able to say the corresponding sound that it makes. They will then learn to blend these letters together to make words, using robot talk (i.e. c-a-t = cat). They will also begin to segment words that they hear into separate sounds to help them to write the words (ie. dog = d-o-g). Later in the year they will begin to learn sounds that are made by two letters together (i.e. sh, ch, oo). For help in correct pronunciation of these sounds, please see the guide below.


We will be holding a parents workshop to give advice about how to support your child with phonics at home. Watch this space!