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Phonics & Reading

Letters and Sounds in Nursery (Phase 1)

Practitioners will explore early communication and discover ways to promote speaking and listening. Through a rich and varied language learning environment indoors and out your child will access phonics via learning through play.


Children will explore different sounds and text learning to repeat sounds in their environment.They will use auditory discrimination,memory and sequencing,vocabulary and language comprehension.


Nursery children will go on outdoor walks into our outdoor areas and visit our forest school listening for sounds in nature.Story telling sessions play a huge part in early phonics .Teachers modelling language skills and children repeating vocabulary from books such as The Gruffalo, Owl Babies, The Snowman and of course Five Minutes Peace!

Reception Phonics

At the end of Reception stage your child will have reached the Early Learning Goal -reading.


ELG: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children in Reception have daily phonic sessions. These are great fun ! We play games and do paired activities to help us to learn to read and write. Your family can come along to learn how phonics is taught in Reception. EFPS follow a systematic phonics approach called 'Letters and Sounds' - click onto their website to play games and have fun at home. We also support phonics using Jolly Phonics - the children love joining in with action songs and rhymes.


It's so exciting when your child comes home with their first school reading book. We learn all about Floppy, Biff, Chip and Kipper through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme books.


In Reception we foster a love of reading from early on. The Teachers particularly like it when you share your books with other family members and friends. The children get to bring home a reading diary which we ask parents/carers to complete.The children who read more learn new words and expand their vocabulary leading to further connections reading and real-life experiences.


Once the children have mastered the basic phonic knowledge they will soon be off to a flying start reading,writing and spelling with help ,support and guidance every step along the way!