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


Subject Lead: Miss Airey


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 Y1/2 /3 Phonics scheme is currently Letters and Sounds, this is under review in line with national changes.


YR are using 'Phonics Bug' materials .



Y1 Phonics Check Results over time:

2017: 85%

2018: 74%

2019: 92%

Nov 2020: 69%

Nov 2021: Predicted 89%

Target June 2022: 89%