St Philips Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 3SL

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St Philip's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

"In the light of Christ, where everyone is valued and learning is celebrated"


The way we are teaching phonics at St. Philip's has changed this year and we are following Essential Letters and Sounds as our phonics programme so that all our children read well, quickly . For more information about how we teach phonics in Year One, please read the slides in the PowerPoint below and if you have any questions, ask a member of the Year One team. 

The document below shows how the Essential Letters and Sounds programme is broken down week by week.....

Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading. Our children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds they represent. We cannot add an 'uh' at the end of a sound or they will find it harder to blend the sounds together.

We must use only pure sounds when we are pronouncing the sounds and supporting children in reading words. If we mispronounce these sounds, we will make reading harder for our children. Please watch the videos below for how to accurately pronounce these sounds.

This first video shows you the phase 2 sounds that the children will have learnt in Reception.

The second video shows you phase 3 sounds that again they will have learnt in Reception but we revise at the beginning of Year One as they are harder to remember.

The final video shows you phase 5 sounds which we learn in Year One. 

The Phonics Screening Check 2023

A HUGE thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our parents information meeting about the phonics screening check taking place in June. It was lovely to see so many of you and we thank you for your continued commitment and support with your child's learning.

Below is the PowerPoint that we discussed for you to read. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs Morland or any member of the Year One team.