St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy



At Saint Stephen’s , we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Phonics is the process that is used to help children break down words into sounds, as well as building letter and word recognition. This can then enable children to use unknown words in the future. Children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to both read and write the words.

At the end of KS1, children will:

  1. Have learnt abut phonics through experiencing teaching from Phase One to Phase 6 and develop the skills as listed below. 
  2. Apply the skills they have learnt in both their reading and their writing. 



The basis of our Phonics scheme is currently Letters and Sounds, this is under review in line with national changes.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. 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. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six different phases used in this scheme which we follow; these can be seen in the table above.


Please note: We also supplement our Letters and Sounds teaching with the multisensory approach of Jolly Phonics in EYFS.


Y1 Phonics Check Results over time:

2017: 85%

2018: 74%

2019: 92%

Nov 2020: 69%

Nov 2021: Predicted 80%