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Phonics at Bolton

Phonics Subject Lead: Debbie Tinkler 

Monitoring English Governor: Lisa Wilson


At Bolton children enjoy great success with phonics. In 2017 and 2018 100% of pupils achieved the expected standard and 75% in 2019. (The national standard in 2018 was 82%)

Ofsted 2020 January: 'Adults check progress that children make through the well-planned phonics programme...By the end of Y1, nearly all pupils achieve the expected standard in the Y1 phonics screening check.'

Phonics is the knowledge of how the alphabetic sounds work and how these sounds are combined to correspond to the spoken word. Phonemes are the sounds made by blending letters to correspond to the spoken word and graphemes are the written equivalent of the phonemes.

Through Phonics we aim:

  • To deliver a high quality, systematic phonic programme that is fast, focused, frequent and fun.
  • To enable children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills as soon as they begin school with the expectation they will become fluent readers, having secured word building and recognition by the end of Key stage one.
  • To teach the children to apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • To teach the children to apply the skill of segmenting words into phonemes in order to spell words.
  • To ensure that children apply phonic knowledge as their first approach to reading and spelling, even though all words do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • To ensure children are taught tricky words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • To encourage children to attempt to spell words for themselves, within the range of their phonic knowledge by building an individual repertoire and the confidence and strategies to attempt the unfamiliar (Please click here)