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Our Pathway through Phonics: Achievement through Excellence and Enjoyment



At Wymondham CE Primary school children learn phonics throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme which aims to develop children's speaking and listening skills and to prepare them for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It is a systematic programme which is taught daily in short sessions so that children build up and practise the skills they need to use in reading and writing.


Saying the phoneme sounds correctly is very important. Here is a video which shows how to pronounce the phoneme sounds we learn.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

The Letters and Sounds programme is split into six overlapping phases:


Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)


Children progress through the phases when they can confidently read and write using the sounds.

Here are the sounds and words taught in each phase.  

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.Find more phonics help on O...