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

Order of sounds

Tricky words are common words which children have not learned to decode yet. They practise recognising these by learning the part that is tricky to enable them to efficiently read and write them.


In Year 2, Phase 5 is recapped and children are taught Phase 6 and the spelling national curriculum using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme. 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 change their phonics book twice per week. They will read the book during guided reading before taking it home. 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).

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 may 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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