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Phonics & spelling

Phonics: taught 4 x a week in 20 minutes sessions


The Letters and Sounds programme focuses on children learning word building/word recognition skills as these are essential for children to read and spell words accurately with ease. Letters and Sounds enable children to see the relationship between reading and spelling from an early stage, such that the teaching of one reinforces understanding of the other. Reading and spelling are treated as reversible processes. The Jolly Phonics approach is used in Reception and the THRASS approach is used as the children become more able in phonics.


All of our children are taught 20 minutes of phonics, based upon Letters and Sounds, every day from Reception through to Year 2. Children use the actions of the Jolly Phonics scheme to learn the sounds which letters make and children bring small phonics books containing these to practise at home. We have found that children who practise their letters and the sounds at both home and school make the quickest progress.


Letters and Sounds information sharing sessions will be offered during the first term of Reception to help you support your child at home.


Spelling across the school


Weston has reviewed and updated its spelling programme which runs alongside phonics in Key Stage 1. This development has been led by Mr. Brewin, who has visited several other schools to review current practice.


The new scheme started in February 2015 and an information session for parents was held. Mr. Brewin's presentation is available below for your information. If you would like any further information, or advice, then either speak to your child's teacher, or feel free to contact Mr. Brewin directly:

Our approach to spelling

Children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6) continue to use the school's spelling scheme but also learn spelling rules and spelling patterns. The school has a progressive approach outlined in the attached document.

Spelling progression in Years 3 - 6