Foundation Reading Evening Information - Phonics teaching

With the current social distancing measures in place, we are unable to provide our normal parents evening for the parents of new starters in Foundation. The page linked below contains slides and video normally presented of our reading programme evening and how we teach and encourage reading to our Foundation Stage children, along with video examples. If you require the password for the page, please contact the school office.

Foundation Reading Evening Resources

Below are some details about how we teach phonics (one aspect of reading) at Emmer Green. You will also find resources and website links.

Letters and Sounds DocumentWhen teaching phonics we use a government produced scheme of work called Letters and Sounds. 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 and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Letters and Sounds is broken down into 6 phases which are worked through from nursery to the end of year 2.

To see and hear all the sounds taught, click here 44 Phoneme Sounds

Phase 1
Showing an awareness of rhyme and alliteration. Distinguishing between sounds in the environment and phonemes. Exploring and experimenting with sounds and words. Discriminating speech sounds in words. Beginning to orally blend and segment phonemes.

Phase 2
Blending for reading and segmenting for spelling simple cvc words.

Letter sets:
Set 1 - s, a, t, p,
Set 2 - l, n, m, d,
Set 3 - g, o, c, k,
Set 4 - ck, e, u, r,
Set 5 - h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.

Click here to see resources for Phase 2 from

Phase 3
Knowing one grapheme for each of the 43 phonemes.

Letter sets:
Set 6 – j, v, w, x
Set 7 – y, z, zz, qu.

ear, air, ure, er, ar, or, ur, ow, oi,
ai, ee, igh, oa, oo.

Consonant digraphs:
ch, sh, th, ng.

Click here to see resources for Phase 3 from

Phase 4
This is a consolidation unit. There are no new graphemes to learn but the children learn how to read longer words such as stamp, plug, flag, twig.

Click here to see resources for Phase 4 from

Phase 5
ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.

Alternative pronunciations for:
i, o, c, g, u, ow, ie, ea, er, a, y, ch, ou.

Click here to see resources for Phase 5 from

Phase 6
At this stage children should be able to spell words phonemically although not always correctly. The main aim is of this phases is to become more fluent readers and more accurate spellers.

Click here to see resources for Phase 6  from

Useful Website links - for your information


Phonics Play