Reading and Phonics

Central to learning is creating a life long love of reading and books. This starts from the first moment that children enter our Nursery provision where we encourage and create opportunities to read, write and show interests in letters, words, sounds and books.

The Topsham School follows the Letters and Sounds phonic programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read and write by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children enabling them to become fluent readers and writers.

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. The Year groups listed in brackets suggest the age that children are taught each phase, but some children will progress more rapidly than others.

For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website


Further information regarding our curriculum

Intent, Implementation and Impact documents

Progression of concepts, knowledge and skills documents