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How do we teach phonics?

At Ravensfield, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching phonics.

This begins in Nursery where children develop their listening skills and learn to distinguish between different sounds. We use songs, rhymes and games to develop their skills.


As children progress through the Letters and Sounds programme, they learn to blend and segment the sounds in words to help them to read and spell. They start to link written letters with the sounds.


From Reception onwards, phonics is taught through a daily 20 minute session in ability groups. The children are encouraged to apply their skills through follow-up activities and through literacy activities linked to the curriculum.


Assessment, monitoring and recording

The children’s progress in developing and applying their phonic skills is assessed and recorded at regular intervals.


Towards the end of the final term, children in Year 1 are required to take the Phonic Screening Check. This assessment determines whether the children have reached the expected standard. The result in communicated to parents. Children who fail are expected to retake the check at the end of Year 2. These children will receive extra support to enable them to catch up.


Below is are two guides to phonics at Ravensfield. More information can be sought by contacting your child’s class teacher.


  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG