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Phonics Guidance

At Woodsetts Primary we know how important it is for parents and teachers to work together to give your child the best start. Reading together at home is one of the most effective and important ways in which you can help your child. Children should be encouraged to enjoy sharing books and read independently, as well as reading with an adult. This not only supports children’s progression in reading but leads to them seeing reading as a source of pleasure and interest. To support your child in becoming an effective and confident reader we hope to work with you to develop their knowledge of phonics (letter sounds) to enable them to decode different words they may come across.

Normally, we would offer in-school workshops to support our families with phonics. However, due to Covid-19, this is currently not possible. We do hope that this 'online workshop' and supporting materials is of use and helps you with supporting your child with their early reading and phonics learning. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact school.


At Woodsetts Primary ‘Letters & Sounds’ is the chosen accredited programme used to teach phonics, high frequency words and to support early reading development. To ensure consistency, pace and challenge, we have created a bank of lessons called our "Woodsetts Phonics" which outlines all of the key learning and milestones.

The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme is split into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1 is introduced in the Nursery
  • Phases 2 and 3 are introduced in Reception
  • Phases 4 and 5 are introduced in Year 1
  • Phase 6 is introduced in Year 2.

In EYFS and KS1 your child will be taught phonics every day. Alongside the teaching of phonics, every child will be provided with daily opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in reading and spelling.

Here is a copy of the official "Letters and Sounds" guidance if you would like to find out more:

  DFE Letters and Sounds

Phonics Workshop

The following presentation is our workshop to support parents. This would normally be delivered in school but due to Covid-19, we are providing this via our school website:

  Family Phonics Workshop 2020 2021

A few definitions...

Here are some of the key terms you may come across when reading "Letters and Sounds" and finding out more about phonics:

Phoneme - a sound as it is said

Grapheme - a sound that is written

Digraph- two letters that work together to make the same sound

Trigraph - Three letters that work together to make the same sound

Split digraph - Two letters that work together to make the same sound, separated by another letter

Articulation of phonemes

Here is a short clip sharing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Letters and Sounds Online

This resource is designed by experts for use at home with children. This was initially created to support with learning during the Covid-19 lockdown but is a great resource to support extra phonics practice or to support children who are unable to come to school.

You can access this resource via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/featured or by clicking on the image above.

New lessons are uploaded at 9am on week days during term time.

  • Reception: Teaching children to read letters and begin to blend to read words.
  • Year 1: For children who can blend and read words such as 'stamp', 'chair' and 'green'.
  • Year 2 Phonics Screening Check Revision (Autumn Term only) Daily lessons to review Phases 4 and 5 to help children read words in the PSC.
  • Learning to Blend: Additional blending practise for children and are not suitable for Reception children in the Autumn Term as they contain letters and sounds that have not been taught.

Useful Websites

Below is a list of websites that can support you and your child with letters and sounds:


Includes further information on each phase as well as printable resources and links to online games


Games mainly aimed at year 1 and year 2 looking at sounds and high frequency words. Some printable activities, particularly for the phase 4 blends


Wide range of games for sounds, words and rhyming


Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games


Search engine designed for schools where you can find a wide range of resources and activities with a phonics focus