Heather Ridge Infant School


At Heather Ridge all children have a daily phonics lesson.

New ELS Phonics scheme 2022/23

Heather Ridge Infants are pleased to announce the introduction of our new phonics scheme, Essential Letters and Sounds.

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

Phonics is taught daily following the 'Essential Letters and Sounds' scheme (see below PDF for the parent presentation). 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. Children also learn ‘harder to read and spell’ words. These words are not phonically decodable. 

Phase 2 sounds and pronunciations:


 Phase 3 sounds and pronunciations:



ELS Grapheme sheet - Phase 2

Grapheme Sheet Phase-2

ELS Parent Presentation KS1

els parent presentation.pdf

ELS Parent Presentation EYFS

reading and phonics eyfs sept 2022.pdf


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

Helpful games for home

Phonics Screening Presentation


Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words for reading and writing.