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Catholic Primary School

Ofsted have judged Holy Cross Primary School as GOOD in all areas- Nov 2017



In our Foundation Stage Class, Year 1 and Year 2, phonics is used as a crucial tool for helping children to become competent readers early in their school life.

What is phonics?

Phonics is a systematic way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Whilst there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, spoken English uses about 42 sounds (phonemes). These phonemes are represented by a letter or group of letters (graphemes). The teaching of phonics begins by teaching children the letter sounds in isolation and then building up to blending the sounds together to read whole words. In turn children are then able to use their phonic skills to segment words to support with spelling.


On this page you will discover a Phonics handbook. This handbook contains vital information for parents and carers concerning the following:

Glossary of phonic based vocabulary

Phases by Phase description (including what sounds are taught in each phase and what tricky words will be taught)

Description of the phonics lesson

Information about the phonics screening.

Helping children at home.

If you need any clarification on any information in the booklet please see myself (Mr Toogood) and I will be happy to discuss anything with you.

Term 3 spellings


Term 2 Spelling.


This term we will move onto some more trickier words within the high frequency set.

Term 1 spellings


This term we will focus on spelling some of the high frequency words correctly.