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Uxendon Manor Primary School

Uxendon Manor Primary School


Phonics at Uxendon Manor Primary


Phonics is all about the ability to hear different sounds and being able to decode the rules and strategies for reading, writing and spelling. It focuses more on the method and follows a systematic structure of teaching and learning.


This page is to help you understand how we teach phonics at Uxendon Manor Primary School and the part that you can play in helping your child become a confident and fluent reader. Our aim is for all our children to become independent, life long readers, able to read a wide range of texts for a variety of purposes with understanding and for pleasure. We welcome and encourage support from home in the teaching of phonics and reading. We work in joint partnership between home and school to help children develop this vital skill.



Phonics at Uxendon Manor Primary


Overall School Vision – Every child to be the best that they can be.

Values: We show respect, we make the right choices, we roll up our sleeves


Intent: Empowering all children to acquire skills needed to be a competent reader and writer.

Scheme used in school - Bug Phonics and Rapid Phonics Pearsons - validated by the DFE.




Rationale: Systematic, synthetic whole school programme closely linked with scheme previously used (as outcomes indicated this worked for our children in our school) with the additional benefits of:

  • Easy to follow structured lesson plans for teaching each phoneme
  • Assessment for each unit of work and phase which identifies where additional targeted support is needed
  • Online and physical resources for school and home use including decodeable books
  • Low level, high interest resources for rise up intervention sessions aimed at accelerated learning at KS2
  • Aim for all children to keep up with peers, through additional interventions rather than rise up

Implementation: Enabling all children to acquire skills needed to be a competent reader and writer

  • Whole school (Teachers and support staff) CPD to access resources and implement Quality first teaching
  • Online and physical resources purchased for whole school
  • Teaching assistants supported to implement interventions
  • Direct teaching of Phonics occurs daily for children from Nursery to Year 2 with additional focused work for some children
  • Correct letter formation is taught and practised daily in Summer term Nursery, Reception and Year 1
  • Teachers and Parents have access to e-books to consolidate and practise reading
  • Phonics Curriculum workshops for Parents to support learning at home
  • Phonics trackers provides whole school overview
  • Book trackers show progress of reading over time
  • Bench marking ensures children are reading books matched to their ability
  • Summative Assessment at end of each unit and phase
  • Daily reading in all classes
  • Guided reading in all classes X1 a week
  • Early years, Y1, Y2 emphasis on decoding and encoding leading to reading fluently. Y3 upwards emphasis on comprehension and critical thinking

Impact: Making a lasting difference to children and families


Data: Sustained outcomes in Phonics in Early Years, Y1 and Y2 phonics checks and KS1 data


Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard:





Nationally 2019

Year 1






Year 2


Nov   92

Nov 89



and outcomes at end of KS1:



Year 2


Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard:


2021 (3FE)

2020 (3FE)

Nationally 2019

English reading


21 GD




English writing


13 GD












Please click on links below for useful phonics websites.
Ask your teacher for advice on how your child is doing in phonics, and whether there are certain areas you should focus on at home. Every child learns differently. If your child struggles with phonics, your child’s teacher will have already contacted you to discuss the extra support they are receiving and ways you can support them at home.

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