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This is a useful video that demonstrates how to pronounce each sound. 

Order of sounds


We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds SSP teaching progression based on our work with the English hubs. Please follow this link to see the full progression.  This programme overview shows the progression of GPCs and tricky words that we teach term-by-term. The progression has been organised so that children are taught from the simple to more complex GPCs, as well as taking into account the frequency of their occurrence in the most commonly encountered words. Children start to learn sounds from September in Reception and our goal is for all children to be able to blend to read by Christmas of their reception year.

All the graphemes taught are practised in words, sentences, and later on, in fully decodable books. Children review and revise GPCs and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move this knowledge into their long term memory. Children need to learn to read as quickly as reasonably possible, so they can move from learning to read, to reading to learn, giving them access to the treasure house of reading.

In Year 2, Phase 5 is recapped and children are taught to read and spell words based on the Year 2 English curriculum. Any child who needs further support in reading will receive daily targeted additional support to close their gaps in their phonics skills.



We use Rising Stars Rocket Phonics and Phonics Bug reading books alongside our phonics teaching. These reading books for guided reading and home reading are fully decodable and aligned with Letters and Sounds. Reading fully decodable books enables your child to practise their early reading skills to become independent, confident readers by the end of their time in Key Stage 1.

You child will bring home one practise phonics book per week to read to you. They will read the book twice during guided reading before taking it home: once focusing on decoding the book and the second to develop prosody. Re-reading books supports your child to develop their phonics skills, fluency and comprehension. You can also access Rising Stars online here: https://my.risingstars-uk.com/ (your class teacher will have provided you with a login).

This year we have produced short videos to share what your child is currently learning in phonics and how you can support them with reading at home. We look forward to being able to welcome you back to join in with our phonics and reading sessions soon. 

How to support your child in reading at home: Reception.


How to support your child in reading at home: Year One


How to support your child’s phonics and early reading at home.  

  1. Create a routine. Early morning or after school sessions can be successful.
  2. Make time to read little and often. Reading together doesn’t have to take a long time; just ten minutes a day makes a positive impact.
  3. Prepare a reading environment. Try to find a comfortable, quiet space.
  4. Get comfortable, engage with and support reading. The inside covers of the phonics books highlight the focus sounds and tricky words. They also give suggestions for things to discuss with your child before, during and after reading.
  5. Praise after reading. This helps your child look forward to the next session. You can write this in their home reading records which the class teacher will check regularly. 


We promote a love of reading through our core books and Brackenbury Reads which are high quality picture books that we share at story time and throughout the day.

Your child will bring a picture book home each week to share with you from the library. Bedtime stories are an invaluable way to support your child’s love of learning and develop their vocabulary.

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