Here at OSPA we use a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach Phonics. 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. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and some groups in Key Stage 2 children have a 25 minute daily phonics session where they learn about how to read and write using phonic knowledge.

We play lots of different phonic games which help children understand how sounds make words and how to use words to make sentences. We use the Interactive Whiteboard to play games and learn new phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters).

Resources to support at home: