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At Queensbridge Primary School, phonics is taught daily following the Letters and Sounds programme

 At Queensbridge Primary School, phonics is taught daily and very effectively from Nursery through to Year 2.


 Children are supported to understand the purpose of learning phonics, to apply their developing skills in interesting and engaging literacy lessons.

 There is a national Phonics Check for Year 1 in the Summer Term *1.    

All children will be assessed on their ability to decode 40 real and pseudo words (alien words) and the results are made available to the parents.

 Children who do not reach the required pass will be required to repeat the Phonics Check in Year 2 Summer Term. These children will receive additional support in small groups in Year 2 and beyond if necessary.


Parents and Phonics

​Glossary of terms used: (thanks to the literacy trust)

blend — to draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p, blended together, reads snap

segment  — to split up a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it, e.g. the word ‘cat’ has three phonemes: /c/, /a/, /t/

digraph — two letters making one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph.

vowel digraphs comprise of two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ai, oo, ow

split digraph — two letters, split, making one sound, e.g. a-e as in make or i-e in site

grapheme — a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, ch, igh, ough (as in ‘though’)

grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC) — the relationship between sounds and the letters which represent those sounds; also known as ‘letter-sound correspondences’

mnemonic — a device for memorising and recalling something, such as a snake shaped like the letter ‘S’

phoneme — the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters ‘sh’ represent just one sound, but ‘sp’ represents two (/s/ and /p/)

VC, CVC, CCVC — the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant, which are used to describe the order of letters in words, e.g. am, ham, slam.


There are many online resources to support your child’s learning at home – and your class teacher can also explain the learning that takes place.

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​*1(November Year 2 -2021)