Phonics and Spelling


At Bridport Primary School we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach.

The principles of the Letters and Sounds Programme

At our school we follow this programme from Foundation Stage, through KS1 and into KS2 if appropriate. The programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately and language comprehension.

The programme is carefully structured into developmental phases. The sessions are delivered to ensure participation and engagement resulting in high- quality phonic work on a daily basis to help practitioners and teachers ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1 children develop fluent word reading skills and good foundations in spelling.

When children have a secure knowledge of letters and sounds, they progress into the 'Read, Write Inc' programme for spelling.

Oxford Owl is an excellent website full of tips for parents to help their children with their phonics. Click on the Oxford Owl link below for Phonics Made Easy:

Phonics Made Easy

Below are two useful documents that will help your child with their handwriting script, phonics and spelling. Please talk to your child's class teacher if you would like more information on Year Group expectations or how you can assist your child with these at home.

For some useful, fun games and activities to support learning at home try the Woodlands Junior website:

Woodlands Resources

Below are two short video clips that clearly show how to pronounce the sounds your child has been learning in school.





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Headteacher: Mrs. Helen Farmer
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710