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'Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible". Barack Obama



Our intention is to enable children to become confident and fluent readers through giving meaning to written symbols.



At Luckwell we follow the Letters and Sounds programme.

Phonics is taught every morning in EYFS and Key Stage 1, in Year 2 Phonics has a Spelling focus. Phonics is regularly assessed, observed and adjusted to fit the needs of the children. The books pupils read in Reception, and Year 1 are linked to sounds they are learning and those they need to revise and practice.


 EYFS Literacy


Children will leave KS1 able to decode and understand age appropriate books. They will be ready to tackle the reading curriculum of KS2. Most importantly they will be able to decode the words around them and take pleasure in reading and understanding a range of books.


What is phonics?

Phonics is a systematic way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Whilst there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, spoken English uses about 42 sounds (phonemes). These phonemes are represented by a letter or group of letters (graphemes). The teaching of phonics begins by teaching children the letter sounds in isolation and then building up to blending the sounds together to read whole words. In turn children are then able to use their phonic skills to segment words to support with spelling.



Phonics terms

Phoneme- the individual unit of sound in a word. The English language contains 44 different sounds.

Grapheme- the letter or group of letters that visually represents the phoneme (sound).

Digraph- 2 letters which represent 1 sound, for example: ck, ch, sh, th, ng

Trigraph- 3 letters representing 1 sound, for example: ear, air, ure, igh

Blending: merging the individual sounds (phonemes) to say a word. For example: c-a-t, cat or th-i-n, thin.

Segmenting- the skill of recognising the individual sounds (phonemes) needed to spell and write a word. 

Decode- work out and read a word.

Vowel- short vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u long vowel sounds: ai, ee, igh, ow, oo

High Frequency Words- words which occur most often in English some of which cannot be sounded out phonically. Your child will learn these in sequence and you may see them abbreviated as HFW or called ‘tricky’ or ‘key’ words.

Tricky words- these are words which don’t follow phonic rules. Your child will be unable to use their phonic skills to sound them out and blend so they will need to learn to recognise the word and say it (whole word recognition). For example: said, have, was, any, once