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Literacy – Phonics & Reading

Literacy – Phonics and Reading

The school has adopted the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics with some resources in the Foundation Stage from Jolly Phonics.

More information about letters and sounds can be found on:


In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are grouped in Reception and Key Stage 1 according to the phase they are working at.

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place during the summer term, you will be notified of the dates and please ensure that your child is in school during this week.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their 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 graphemesin 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’.

For the Department for Education Parents and Carers Information on the Year One phonics screening please visit:


There are a number of websites that can support your child with phonics:




  • Phonics Play – this is a subscription website. We have paid for in school use and the children are familiar with the games on it. Unfortunately, the subscription does not extend to home use, but several games are free to play.


  • ICT games



At Woodseaves we use the Oxford Reading Tree Reading scheme to compliment the teaching of Phonics. School and home reading books are matched to reading and phonic knowledge to further support the development of reading.

To find out more about our Phonics and Reading policy please view the document below:






Woodseaves C of E Academy
Dicky’s Lane
ST20 0LB


Phone: 01785 284212

Fax: 01785 284407

Headteacher: Michelle Easthope

Email: headteacher@woodseaves.staffs.sch.uk

Office: office@woodseaves.staffs.sch.uk