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Phonics is a key area of the Early Years and Key Stage 1 curriculum at Salford Priors School. We firmly believe that the teaching of high quality phonics underpins the core skills of both reading and writing. 

Phonics is taught in small groups through a structured, fun, interactive programme which follows the progression through Letters and Sounds. Children are taught how to segment and blend words for both reading and writing. From an early age children use the correct terminology such as phoneme, grapheme, digraph, split digraph. 


To supplement Letters and Sounds the school uses Jolly Phonics and No-nonsense spelling.Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.


Reception children receive daily key sessions of Phase 2 phonics as they enter the year and start on phase 3 letters and sounds after Christmas. (e.g. digraphs such as oa, oo, ea ). Children in Year 1 work on Phase 4 and 5 letters and sounds and Phase 6 in Year 2. 


Identified children in Key stage 2, such as those with English as a second language, receive targeted phonics support to help them with both their reading and writing.


As a school we follow Nelson Handwriting Scheme and we encourage children to use the letter patter to help them with their letter writing.


information sessions are held at the beginning of Autumn term for parents / carers of Reception children to show how we teach phonics and to demonstrate how children can be supported at home with their learning of phonics.


Year 1 children take a national phonics screening check at the end of the academic year to assess if they have reached the required standard in phonics. Those children who do not pass the test will receive extra phonics support in Year 2 and resit the check at the end of the year.


In our Early Years and Key Stage 1 we start off with wordless books, picture books, moving to books with words, books are banded according to stage and children move through the stages as their phonic skills progress. 


Should you require any further information on Phonics and Reading, please contact: Mrs Meek