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At Lyppard Grange Primary School we want children to use their phonic knowledge to become confident, independent, fluent readers and writers, who can apply their knowledge, skills and experience to the range of texts they will encounter.



At Lyppard Grange we believe that phonics is at the heart of children becoming confident, independent, fluent readers and writers. We value reading as a key life skill and so strive to offer children a high-quality, English-rich learning environment, which will enable children to develop the skills they need to become life-long learners, readers and communicators. Therefore, the teaching of phonics is of high priority at Lyppard Grange.


We use Jolly Phonics to support our phonics teaching and learning. Jolly Phonics is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme that teaches the children to decode and blend phonemes in order to read and write accurately and fluently. At Lyppard Grange we want every child to learn to decode accurately so that reading becomes fluent, confident and effortless. This enables children to develop their comprehension so that they can then begin to read for pleasure.


The children’s  reading scheme books are matched to their phonic knowledge and are fully decodable. Lyppard Grange is committed to ensuring each and every pupil will learn to read. Following regular assessment, additional targeted support is provided for certain pupils, so they are able to ‘keep up.



The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Year 1. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS, Year 1 and in autumn term of Year 2. Phonics is also taught in Key Stage 2 where appropriate. Our Sounds and Syllables spelling programme then begins from spring term in Year 2 and runs throughout KS2, and builds on the strong phonic knowledge children have gained in EYFS/KS1.  Phonics is taught as a whole class, but interventions are put in place for some children in order for them to ‘keep up’ and to support any children who did not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1.


Each phonics lesson is based on the following structure.


  • Revisit and Review previously taught grapheme-phoneme-correspondence (GPC).

  • Teach the new GPCs or Common Exception Word (CEW).

  • Practice blending and segmenting taught GPCs.

  • Apply GPC or CEW through reading and writing.

  • Assess learning against the objective.


In EYFS and Year 1, as well as daily lessons, phonics skills are built on during continuous provision where children are provided with activities to support their decoding and blending of familiar phonemes and graphemes. Children are encouraged to apply skills taught in their phonics lessons into their independent reading and writing. Jolly Phonics friezes and Common Exception Words are displayed in each classroom across EYFS and Key Stage 1, these are to support the children’s reading and writing across the curriculum.



As a result of the phonics teaching at Lyppard Grange Primary School, children will have secure phonic knowledge, enabling them to become confident, independent, fluent readers and writers. The impact of our phonics curriculum will be seen through:

  • The children’s confidence and fluency when reading and writing, using blending and segmenting as key tools to success.

  • The children’s love of reading, where children take pleasure in exploring a wide variety of authors and genres with phonic knowledge to support them.

  • The children’s ability to read and spell CEWs accurately.

  • The children’s ability to choose alternative graphemes correctly and to apply these in their writing.

  • The results in the Year 1 statutory phonics screening check.


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