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At St. Mary Bourne we build children’s reading ability with daily phonics sessions each morning. These are fun, interactive sessions lasting around 20 minutes, based on the Letters and Sounds phonics outline. We revisit previous sounds taught, teach a new sound, practice with games and activities, and then apply that sound by reading it within words and sentences or writing using the sound. From Reception, we work through from single sounds in Phase 2 (s,a,t,p…), onto diagraphs and trigraphs in Phase 3 and 4 (oa, er, igh), to split sounds in Phase 5 (a_e, o_e). Phase 6 focusses on spelling patterns and suffixes/prefixes.  As the children’s phonics knowledge progresses, we match their understanding with phonics reading books.




From September 2020 we are trailling a new resource for our phonics teaching called Animaphonics across the school,


It is a synthetic phonics programme  based within Letters and Sounds, which is a Government document, and links to the DfE guidance. However, it uses a slightly different teaching progression, which has been proven to support children in gaining reading skills. It is vibrant, up to date and offers a fun, multi-sensory approach to learning.

To ensure a match of reading materials and phonics learning, Animaphonics provides reading activities (reading pages and poems). These recap the sounds learnt at school, providing an extra opportunity for children to solidify their new knowledge.