Heather Ridge Infant School


At Heather Ridge all children have a discrete daily phonics lesson.

We teach phonics at the very start of the day so it essential that your child arrives on time to start Letters and Sounds (phonics) promptly.

Phonics is taught daily following the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme (see below PDF for details). Using phonics helps children to decode words using the 44 sounds in the English language. As soon as children recognise sounds they can use them to blend words and read simple stories. We also teach children other strategies to support the development of their reading skills. These include thinking about the context of a word, using picture clues and recognition of whole words. Children also learn ‘tricky’ words. These words are not phonically decodable. Every child will be working at their own level and will be grouped according to the Letters and Sounds phase they are working in this will range from phase 1 to phase 6.

In the documents below you will find details about each phase which will help you to know:

What skills your child will learn in each phonic phase.

The 'tricky' (non-decodable) words that your child must recognise and write for the phase they are working at.

The phonemes that will be taught for each phase (phonemes means sounds)

If you have any questions about phonics please speak to your child's teacher.

Letters and Sounds

Helpful games for home

Phonics Presentation

Phonics Screening Presentation