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Phonics Curriculum Intent:

At Corfe Castle Primary School, 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. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. 



At Corfe Castle Primary School we use the Department of Education approved document ‘Letters and Sounds’ and Jolly Phonics actions for our teaching of phonics. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from our Reception children up to Year 2. We liaise closely with our local pre-school who support the implementation of Phase 1 Letters and Sounds through developing their speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2.


As children move into Reception they continue to build on their listening skills and are introduced to Phase 2 which marks the start of systematic phonics work. They have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they revise previous learning, are taught new graphemes/phonemes, practise together and apply what they have

learnt. Through Letters and Sounds, the children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more.


Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound. Where children need additional support, they receive targeted approaches to their individual needs. Children who may not reach the expected standard at the Phonics Screening check in Year 1 are supported through Year 2 where they will be retested in the summer term.

How can parents and carers help at home?

  • Attending our phonics information sessions
  • Saying the pure phoneme sounds e.g. “mmmm” not “muh”
  • Talking about letter names as ABC and sounds as a for ant, j for jelly 
  • Encouraging your child to recognise the graphemes
  • Regular reading at home 
  • Hearing sounds in words e.g. c-a-t, d-u-ck., t-e-n-t-,