Ansdell Primary School

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Ansdell approach to Phonics


We teach our children using systematic synthetic phonics and we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS / KS1 and is continued as necessary into Year 3.   


Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent.  Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesizing) the sounds together to make a word. The children also learn which letter or groups of letters (graphemes) make each individual sound (phoneme). For example, children are taught to take a single-syllable word such as cat apart into its three letters, pronounce a phoneme for each letter in turn /k, æ, t/, and blend the phonemes together to form a word. 


The Oxford Owl Website contains lots of useful information about phonics.  You can find out how to say individual phonemes and learn how to blend these phonemes together to make words.




By the end of Reception, most children should be secure with Phase 3 phonics. By the end of Year 1, children should be secure with Phase 5 phonics and by the end of Year 2 most children should be secure with Phase 6 phonics. 


At the end of Year 1, all children must sit a national phonics test.  Further information about this test can be found here:


For children who do not ‘pass’ this phonics test, intervention programmes such as ‘Fast Track’ phonics is delivered in small groups to support children.   


Phoneme Mats linked to each phase


Phase 2


Phase 3


Phase 4


Phase 5



Link to phonics glossary



Click on the links below to visit a range of websites with phonic games and activities.