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Here at Roebuck Academy phonics is taught daily to all children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One.  When necessary, discrete teaching as well as interventions are also provided in lower key stage 2. We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach children the letters of the alphabet and their matching sounds. We have implemented the use of Monster Phonics as our main resource and scheme of work to teach phonics. We also use songs and actions from Jolly Phonics to help us remember our sounds as well as Phonics Play which provides the children with lots of interactive games and learning tools. Please click on the link below to access the Monster  Phonics website:

The children are taught to read words by blending, which means pushing all the sounds together to make a word.  The children are taught to spell words by segmenting, which means sounding out words and writing down the sounds they can hear.

By the end of Reception children are expected to know all Phase Three sounds.  By the end of Year One all children are expected to know all Phase Five sounds.  When finishing Key Stage Two, most children at are secure in Phase Six sounds.  This phase moves away from learning sounds and focuses on spelling rules and patterns.

At the end of Year One all the children in the country take a test called a Phonics Screening.  They have to read 40 real and nonsense words.  We call the nonsense words ‘Alien words’ and the children practice reading them every day.  

We use a range of reading schemes to support our children across the school. They include: 

Oxford reading tree

Monster Phonics 

Reading Rockets 

Accelerated reader

Daily Supported Reading 

Rigby Star Reading 

If you have any questions or would like any further support please come and speak to the Phonics Leader, or to your child’s class teacher. 


Below is a video highlighting the way in which the Phonics screening is completed



Here are videos highlighting the Phonics screening checks