Cameley Primary

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Phonics Scheme

We use Unlocking Letters and Sounds which was validated by the DfE in December 2021.

We begin teaching phonics in the first few weeks of term 1 in Reception and children make rapid progress in their reading journey. Children begin to learn the main
sounds heard in the English Language and how they can be represented, as well as learning ‘Common Exception’ words for Phases 2, 3 and 4. They use these sounds
to read and write simple words, captions and sentences. Children leave Reception
being able to apply the phonemes taught within Phase 2, 3 and 4.

See: Actions, Images and Letter Formation

In Year 1 through Phase 5a, b and c, they learn any alternative spellings and
pronunciations for the graphemes and additional Common Exception Words. By the
end of Year 1 children will have mastered using phonics to decode and blend when
reading and segment when spelling. In Year 1 all children are screened using the
national Phonics Screening Check.

In Year 2, phonics continues to be revisited to ensure mastery of the phonetic code
and any child who does not meet age related expectations will continue to receive
support to close identified gaps.

For further details please see the Unlocking Letters and Sounds progression: Unlocking letters and sounds summary progression

To ensure no child is left behind at any point in the progression, children are regularly
assessed and supported to keep up through bespoke 1-1 interventions. These
include GPC recognition and blending and segmenting interventions. The lowest
attaining 20% of pupils are closely monitored to ensure these interventions have an

Useful Links:

Phase 2 Action Videos

Phase 2 Sound Mat

Phase 2 Common Exception Words

Phase 3 Action Videos

Phase 3 Sound Mat

Phase 3 Common Exception Words

Phase 4 Common Exception Words

Phase 5 Sound Mat

Phase 5 Common Exception Words

Reading Scheme
At Cameley Primary School we promote a 'phonics first' approach and in both our
guided reading sessions at school and in the books children take home, texts are
very closely matched to a child's current phonics knowledge so that every child can
experience real success in their reading.

In these crucial early stages of reading we primarily use books from Project X, to ensure complete fidelity to the Unlocking Letters and Sounds progression we follow.


Click here for The Parents Guide to Key Stage 1 Phonics Screening Testing


Previous KS1 Phonics Screening Check

2022 Phonics Screening Check

2019 Phonics Screening Check

2018 Phonics Screening Check

2017 Phonics Screening Check


Click here for links to useful Phonics websites


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