Phonics at Lowfield Primary School

Phonics are used throughout KS1 and Foundation at Lowfield School to teach our pupils how to read.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.

Children receive daily phonics sessions in Early Years and KS1. Those children who require phonics in KS2 also receive sessions. All children receiving phonics are assessed at the end of every half term by their class teacher. This information is analysed  to inform next steps in teaching. Reading books correspond to the phonics level  each child is at.


Children are taught how to:


  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes.

  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.


Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

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Phonics Online

Here are some useful links to online phonics resources that you may find helpful.

Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme

At Lowfield we use the Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme to teach phonics throughout the school. 

Letters and Sounds splits learning into 6 Phonic Phases.

Jolly Phonics is used to consolidate the sounds through actions.

Phase 1 develops children’s ability to hear and distinguish sounds around them. It focuses on oral blending and segmenting and rhyming.

Phase 2 introduces letter sounds for reading and writing with a set of letters being taught weekly. It begins to look at blending for reading and segmenting for writing. A selection of ‘tricky words’ are taught during Phase 2.

Phase 3 introduces the rest of the individual letter sounds and diagraphs. Children will continue blending and segmenting and further tricky words are taught. Children will also learn the letters of the alphabet during this phase.

Phase 4 helps build on the previous understanding of blending and segmenting and children gain experience of using words that have adjacent consonants such as trap, milk. No new sounds are taught.

Phase 5 introduces alternative graphemes for phonemes e.g. children will know /ai/ as in rain from phase 3 but they will learn that /ay/ as in day and /a_e/ as in make also make the /ai/ sound. They will also learn alternative pronunciations for graphemes e.g. ea – tea, head, break.

Phase 6 allows children to become fluent readers and accurate spellers.

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