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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.



Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One


Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two


Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three


The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four


No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

The following videos will help to show how we teach the different aspects of Phase one phonics . You can share these games at home with your children. 

Nursery Phonics Skills Animal sounds

Being aware of the world around us is one of the very first phonics skills. Listening to animal sounds or traffic sounds is a great way for your child to sta...

Nursery Phonics Skills Blending cvc words

This is where the adult says the sounds in the words and the child identifies the word by putting them back together .

Nursery Phonics Skills Finding objects that begin with the same sound

Hearing the same sound at the beginning of the words and matching them.

Nursery Phonics Skills Initial sounds

Hearing to first sound in a word

Nursery Phonics skills Identifying a musical instrument by its sound

Fun way to differentiate sounds

Nursery Phonics Skills Segmenting cvc words

Adult to say the word , child to then say it in their 'robot voice'