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English Curriculum Intent

At Sproatley Endowed CE Academy, our ambition is to nurture and develop confident and thoughtful learners who approach reading and writing with enthusiasm. We aspire to weave literacy through all areas of the curriculum, ensuring that children are aware of the relevance of these skills in life. This includes oral and communication skills, the foundation of which are laid in EYFS. We aim to prepare our children for their future by giving them the fluency of speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to succeed.


We teach our phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. We deliver daily discrete phonics sessions where we work through phases 1- 6 as the children progress from EYFS into Years 1 and 2. Phonics provision is available for any children beyond Year 2 that require this intervention or support.

A brief outline of the phases are listed below:
  • Phase 1 - This is an ongoing phase throughout Nursery and Reception and often into Key Stage 1. Singing, rhythm, playing with words (rhymes and alliteration)
  • Phase 2 - This phase is taught in Reception and revisited in Year 1. Letter progression (one set per week) We use the Jolly Phonics actions to support recognition of the new phonemes. See separate sheet.
  • Phase 3 - This phase follows phase 2 and is only taught after a child is confident in the previous phase. It is taught in Reception and revisited in Year 1.
  • Phase 4 - In this phase we look at consonant blends eg, sp, nk, st and reading two syllable words.
  • Phase 5 - In Phase 5 children are introduced to new graphemes for reading. Some of these graphemes represent phonemes (sounds) that they have already learnt a grapheme for. For example, in Phase 3 children were taught 'ai' as the grapheme for the phoneme /a/ (as in rain). In Phase 5, children are taught that the phoneme /a/ can also be represented by the graphemes 'ay' (as in play) or 'a-e' (as in make). This variation needs to be taught as it is common in our language system.
  • Phase 6 - This may be taught at the end of Year 1 and into Year 2, being revisited in Year 2. Phase 6 generally consists of GPS skills and spelling patterns appropriate to the end of Key Stage 1 expectations.
  • Phonics Sounds and Useful Links

    Some of the younger children at Sproatley school are currently hard at work helping put together a small guide video for the pronunciation of all of the phonics sounds. We should have this completed by the end of the summer term.

    Use the links below for some useful information about phonics: