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Phonics Vision

At Thornhill Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.


The school uses the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics and use cued articulation movements to help learn the sounds.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 discrete phonics lessons are taught. Children are grouped according to the phase they are working at from the second term in Early Years.


All children participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. All children also take part in Guided Group Reading sessions with their teacher once per week.


Intervention is planned for any children who are working below expected levels. Any children who still need phonics teaching in Key Stage 2 take part in a dedicated intervention programme to enable them to make progress.