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   Phonics and Early Reading at Stoke Minster CE Primary Academy


At Stoke Minster CE Primary Academy, we use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP).

This is a fully comprehensive programme, which builds in progression throughout Reception and Year One, preparing children for the statutory phonics screening that takes place at the end of Year One.

Phonics is taught every day and children learn to apply their phonics skills in reading practise sessions 3 times a week, developing their decoding, prosody and comprehension skills along the way.


Programme Overview

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. 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. Our expectations of progression are aspirational yet achievable if schools maintain pace, practice and participation by all children. Children who are not keeping up with their peers should be given additional practice immediately through keep-up sessions.


The four videos below show you how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. Use the downloadable information at the bottom of the page to help your child remember how to write their letters and say their sounds.


Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1



Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2



Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1



Phase 5 sounds taught in Year 1



The videos below show how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.


How we teach blending



Quick guide to Alien words



How we teach tricky words



Resources for Home



Handwriting and Pronunciation


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