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Kempsey Primary School

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Phonics at KPS


At KPS we are passionate about ensuring that all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Phonics provides the foundation for learning to develop children into fluent readers and writers by learning to segment and blend words correctly.



At KPS we use the Department of Education approved document ‘Letters and Sounds’ and Jolly Phonics songs for our teaching of phonics. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Reception up to Year 2. Children in Reception build on their listening skills and are introduced to Phase 2 which marks the start of systematic phonics work. They have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they revise previous learning, are taught new graphemes/phonemes, practise together and apply what they have learnt. Through Letters and Sounds, the children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more. Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.


Please see below for a selection of 'How to' videos to support reinforcing Phonics at home:

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