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Curriculum Information

Phonics Scheme


At Limehurst, we want every child to be successful and fluent readers at the end of Key Stage One. We believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete synthetic phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read and spell.
Limehurst phonics is taught through daily discrete phonics sessions. We use the Supersonic Phonic Friends scheme to deliver theses high quality phonics sessions.
Below is an outline of the phases and when they are taught in our school. 

  • Phase 1 (Nursey/Reception) Phase 1 focuses on developing children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills. This phase is divided into 7 aspects-environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping), rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral~[ ]blending~and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)
  • Phase 2 (Reception) In Phase 2 the children learn 19 letters of the alphabet with one sound (phoneme) for each letter. The children begin to blend sounds together to make words and learn to segment words into separate sounds. The children also start to read simple captions.
  • Phase 3 (Reception) The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet are taught, one sound (phoneme) for each letter. Graphemes such as sh, ng, oi, are taught as they represent the remaining phonemes which are not covered by single letters. The children read captions, sentences and questions.
  • Phase 4 (Reception/Year 1) There are no new phonemes or graphemes taught in this phase. Children recap prior learning and learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants e.g. swim, clap
  • Phase 5 (Year 1) The children now move onto the 'complex code.' Children learn that there are more graphemes for phonemes (ways to write the sounds) and that there are different ways to pronounce the phonemes they have already learnt.
  • Phase 6 (Year 2) Phase 6 has a clear focus on spelling, including tenses, prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters. 

The Phonics Screening Check- The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment at the end of Year 1 to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonetic decoding to an appropriate standard. It enables schools to identify children who need additional help, so ensure they are given support to improve their reading skills. Children who do not 'pass' the check in Year 1 are able to retake it in Year 2. It is a Statutory Requirement to carry out the screening check. The check is a short, simple screening check that consists of a list of 40 words and pseudo words (non-words), which the child reads one-to-one with their class teacher. The Phonics Screening Check takes place in June. Home - Supersonic Phonic Friends

Reading Scheme


The core-reading scheme at Limehurst is Rising Stars. This is supplemented with Rigby Stars for guided reading in Key Stage One. Reading books are carefully matched to the phonics phase children are working at. All children in school have access to Rising Stars online Reading Planet and staff allocate children books to read at home. In the EYFS and KS1 parents are also invited to attend reading club every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At Limehurst we promote reading for pleasure and all children have access to a library. Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge and critical thinking skills. 



Key Stage One

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2