At Sandringham we use the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics, with some resources in the Foundation Stage and Year 1 from Jolly Phonics. Phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are taught in mixed ability classes with skilled teaching based on accurate assessments and tracking. Children begin their phonics journey in Nursery with phase one, concentrating on distinguishing and hearing different sounds in the environment. This then develops into hearing the different letter sounds, leading to extending their skills into blending sounds in words to read and segmenting sounds in simple words they wish to spell. Discrete phonics sessions are taught up until the end of year 2, where children are confident within phase 6 which is the final stage of the programme. 

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.  The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one-to-one with a class teacher. It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. 

It will check that your child can: 

  • sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words, e.g. n-igh-t 
  • read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill
  • read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’. 

Parent information sessions on Phonics and the screening check will be held in the Autumn and Spring terms.  In the Spring term we also provide a phonics after-school club, where parents are welcome to attend with their child. These sessions are run by the phonics leader and year 1 teachers.

Useful Links 
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning. You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life. You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.
The Parent/Teacher Guide provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home.
Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home. 

Department for Education


  • Phonicsplay 
  • Twinkl