Phonics at St Lawrence

At St Lawrence we follow the Letters and Sounds approach to teaching phonics.

In Reception, this starts with the multi-sensory Jolly Phonics scheme then Letters and Sounds is used throughout the school.


Below is our progression document for phonics and spelling:

Games to play at home.

In this section you will find ways to support your child's phonic learning through play. Please feel free to download this document and use it at home together. (Phases 5 and 6)


What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups.

Letter Sound Order

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

How does Jolly Phonics work?

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics

1.Learning the letter sounds

Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.

2.Learning letter formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.

3.Blending: Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.

4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting): Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5.Tricky words: Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn.



Click on the link below to see how we approach the teaching of phonics at school. This will show you the pronunciation of the phonemes:


We use phonics play at school and there are free games to play at home or an app you can download. Find out more here:

Supporting your child at home.

Below is the progression document for our Jolly Phonics scheme which shows you how your child should progress through the phases as they learn with us. This is applied in our Reception class. We have also provided the Actions Sheet so that you can see exactly what the children are doing as they learn their phonemes and associated graphemes. 

Letters and Sounds shows the progression throughout the whole school.

We have run 2 separate Phonic talks for parents this year, to highlight what we teach at St Lawrence and how. There are also suggestions for how to support your child's learning at home. If you were unable to attend either meeting, the slides shown are below: