Approach to Teaching Phonics at St Margaret's 

Please click on the link to see an up to date explanation of how we teach phonics and early reading at St Margaret's.  

Approach to Phonics and Early Reading (Intent, Implementation and Impact)

Phonics Schemes for EYFS and Key Stage 1

In Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) we use the phonics schemes Phonics Play and Letters and Sounds.  As a general rule the framework is designed in phases for children by age group although there will be exceptions to the rule for child who are more able or children who need additional support.

Nursery children - Phase 1

Reception children - Phases 2 to 4

Year 1 children - Phase 5

Year 2 children - Phase 6

For more information about these schemes and to access free resources for parents please click on the links below...


File icon: pdf Letters and Sounds Parent's Guide [pdf 314KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Letters and Sounds - Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics - The Department for Education and Skills [pdf 6MB] Click to download

Phonics Play

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.  Learn more and access some free resources.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills. Click on the link below to access our Parent's Guide to Letters and Sounds.