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Howitt Primary Community School

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Letters and Sounds

Welcome to our phonics page.

At Howitt Primary, children learn phonics throughout the early years and Key Stage 1. Where necessary, daily phonics lessons will continue in Key stage 2 to support the development of children's reading and spelling skills. Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. It uses the skills of blending sounds together to read words and segmenting the sounds in a word and choosing the correct letters needed to spell it.


   b   ur   s   t  = burst


Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes, so that children build up and practise the skills they need in reading and writing.

We follow the Letters and Sounds programme which has 6 phases. Our aim is for children to be secure on phase 5 by the end of year one in order to move on to phase 6 in year two.



It is really important that the sounds are pronounced correctly. If they are not, then it is difficult to blend them together to read a word.

Here are some videos to tell you how we pronounce each of the sounds.

Phase 2 Phonic Sound Help with Pronunciation

This may help with the pronunciation of Phase 2 phonic sounds.

Phonics Phase 3 Sounds for Pronunciation

This will help with pronunciation of phase 3 sounds.

Phonics Phase 5 Sounds Pronunciation

This will help with pronunciation of phase 5 sounds.

Phonics Screening Test

In year one all children must be assessed on their phonic knowledge. This assessment takes place in June and the results are reported to parents at the end of the year as part of the annual report. We test progress in phonics regularly throughout year one to ensure that children are on track to pass the screening test, using the results to plan work and group children appropriately.


Below is a link with information about the year one phonics screening test.






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