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At Outwood Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics 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. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Phonics at Outwood Primary School is fun and child centred; we use the Jolly Phonics songs to support learning the sounds with action rhymes. We also use other resources to support the multi sensory teaching of phonics at Outwood such as Espresso Education. However the fundamental skills are those found in Letters and Sounds.

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

The skills taught in phonics at Outwood Primary:
1.   Learning the letter sounds
Children learn the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
2.   Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children are taught how to form and write the letters.
3.   Blending
Children learn how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4.   Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for learning spelling.
5.   Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately within the phonics sessions.

Alongside the high quality teaching of phonics we have a book banded reading scheme that supports the progression of phonics with home, school reading.

Suggested websites
There are a number of resources available through the BBC website, for example:


Family Learning

Phonics Play
Although this is a subscription website there are some games available for free.

Letters and Sounds
We use this website in school for resources and games. There are useful online games accessible via this website for example:
are useful online games accessible via this website for example:

Suggested Apps for iPad
There are a large number of apps available, both for free and at a small cost. Such as:

Mr Thorne does Phonics 
ABC Pocket Phonics 
Twinkle phonics 

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will provisionally take place during June/July. 

Please ensure that your child is in school during this week.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their class teacher. It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:
​​​​​​​Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t
Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

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