How we teach phonics:

We aim to provide children with an integrated programme of learning letters and sounds through speaking and listening, reading and writing.  The teaching of phonics is based upon curriculum guidance in Letters and Sounds, the Foundation Stage curriculum and the Read, Write Inc.scheme.  We also utilise online resources from Bug Club and Phonics Play.

We have altered the order of the phases to help our children to reinforce their learning consistently.  At Devonshire we have the following order of teaching:

  • Phonic 1 – as Letters and Sounds.

  • Phonic 2 – all 26 sounds of the alphabet + sh / ch / th / th.

  • Phonic 3/4 – Letters and Sounds Phase 3 [vowel digraphs] and 4 mixed together.

  • Phonic 5 – as Letters and Sounds + ure / ear / air [see teaching order]

  • Read, Write Inc. scheme



In the Autumn term children are taught Phonic 2 as a whole class.

At the start of the Spring term the children work in small groups according to the ability they have shown in whole class sessions.  This continues for the rest of the year, with children moving groups when they are ready to move onto new phonic phases.  


Year One

Children work in specific phonic phase groups according to their phonic knowledge and application. 

Any child showing the need to work at a higher level than their year group will be accommodated in the next year group or provided with differentiated plans for additional adults to deliver.  

Any children working at a lower level will work 1:1 with SSAs or do phonics with a corresponding group in a different year.


Year Two

Children are taught phonics each day in 3 streamed sets, before their literacy input.  This helps the children to consistently apply their phonic learning.  Children who need to recap previous learning are given small group additional support/extension on a daily basis.  These groups are reviewed half termly and altered as necessary. 


Year Three, Four, Five and Six

Children are taught as a whole class using the Read, Write Inc. scheme and linking in with SPAG. 

Children who need recap of learning from previous years will be taught in smaller groups when appropriate.