Phonics Curriculum

At Woodley Primary School, our vision for phonics is that every child will confidently leave KS1 being able to read, underpinning our ethos that everyone can achieve.

We strive to promote a love of learning and high standards of language, literacy and vocabulary, by equipping our children with a strong command of the spoken and written language. Phonics is a life skill that will help our young learners feel empowered to ‘reach for the stars’ and be the best that they can be, in order for them to develop their independence and flourish in today’s world.

Throughout Early Years and KS1, children are taught a phonics lesson daily, that provides them with the skills, strategies and opportunities for them to become confident and resilient readers. Phonics is used as a strategy to support children’s understanding of sound and symbol relationships, in order to recognise words. Our use of books, objects, puppets and interactive activities helps to develop our children’s love of literature, creativity and enjoyment of reading.

Following a structured programme of study, our children are guided to move through the different phonic phases, where strong foundation for future learning are built. Our consistent approach enables children to aim high and be ambitious, working towards the ultimate goal of being able to read words with a level of automaticity. When children can read confidently and successfully they are able to use different sources of information to comprehend the message that is being given through print and from this we hope all of our children in our Woodley family begin to read for pleasure.


Phonics Pupil Voice

Phonics Pupil Voice – Reception

  • Do you enjoy phonics and why?

Ellie – I like phonics because sometimes I can feel confident.

Cobie – I like reading tricky words and learning new sounds.

Eva – I like it because it give you confidence in your brain.

  • What makes a good reader?

Cobie – mummy or daddy help you

Eva – when reading a story you might get confident at it.

  • What opportunities do you get to read?

Lilia – hometime.

Cobie – playtime.

Eva – you know we have a reading area that’s there.

  • What support do you get when reading with prompts of ‘How do you get help?’ and ‘How do you improve?’

Lilia – carry on trying

Ellie – put your hand up.

Cobie – ask a teacher

Phonics Pupil Voice – Year 1

  • What is phonics?

Walter – where you learn new sounds, sometimes trigraphs.

Lydia – learn letters and diagraphs.

  • Do you enjoy phonics and why?

Walter – yes because you can learn new sounds and communicate clearly.

Lydia – yes definitely, it’s really fun.

  • Why is it important?

Walter – learn how to spell other words you didn’t know before.

Lydia – learn how to spell for college so you can write.

  • Do you have a phonic display?

Walter – yes, we have the sound of the day and if you forget you can just go and have a look.

  • What makes a good reader?

Walter – practising a lot.

Lydia – practising every day and at home as well.

  • What support do you get when reading with prompts of ‘How do you get help?’ and ‘How do you improve?’

Walter – if phonics is on the board I would just look at the board.

Lydia – look at the little board and then I can remember what to do.