Phonics and Reading


Nishkam Primary School has adopted the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach synthetics phonics.


More information about letters and sounds can be found at:


In Reception and Year 1 phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are organised into smaller groups across each year group according to the phase they are working at.


Children follow the Oxford Learning Tree for reading in school.  Books are sent home regularly through the week to encourage children to read.


  Teaching of Phonics (167.1 KiB)



There are a number of resources available that would support the teaching of phonics in school: – this is a subscription website and costs £12 per year.


Suggested Apps for iPad

There are a large number of apps available, both for free and at a small cost.

• Mr Thorne does Phonics (various at £1.49 – £2.99)

• ABC Pocket Phonics (free)


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in June. The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with a teacher. It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1 and ensure that children have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6.


It will check that your child can:

° Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t

Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.

° Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.


The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in Year 2. Parents will be notified if their child has not met the threshold in Year 1 and will have to retake the test in Year 2