St Stephen's

CE Primary School

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

Learning, loving and growing; together as God's children

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Phonics Curriculum 

From September 2018, Letters and Sounds will form the basis of phonics teaching at St Stephen’s. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. 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.

Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics teaching and learning sessions with further activities throughout day to allow them to practise, consolidate and deepen their learning.  

We play lots of different phonic games which help the children understand how sounds make words and we use words to make sentences. Phonics teaching is designed to be fun and engaging to inspire children and promote a love of learning.


Teachers draw on a range of resources to meet all learning styles and ensure teaching is exciting, motivating, effective, and meets all learning styles. The resources include:

  • Phonics Play
  • Grapheme boards
  • Whiteboards and pens
  • Magnetic letters
  • Phonics games 
  • Flashcards
  • Monster Phonics

Why not visit Family Learning to play some games with your child/ children?



Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One(Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two(Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three(Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four(Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five(Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six(Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.