New Road Primary School

Phonics Teaching



At New Road we teach phonics using Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) a step by step systematic synthetic phonics programme.

We are committed to every child learning to read as quickly as possible so the programme is followed with rigor and fidelity by all teachers and teaching assistants.

Discrete whole-class phonics lessons are taught every day to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. To ensure that learning is embedded, flashcards and reading opportunities continue throughout the day and additional phonics teaching is given to identified children.

Phonics remains the main strategy that we use to approach/decode unfamiliar words and spellings across the school

Phonics videos:

The videos below will help you support your child at home and help you with the correct pronunciation on the sounds they are learning.

Phase 2 sound pronunciation -

Phase 3 sound pronunciation -

At the bottom of this page, if you missed the information sessions delivered in school,  you will find a video from the Reception and Key Stage 1 teachers on everything that was covered in the sessions regarding Reading and Phonics.

Supporting your child at home:

To best support us in teaching your child how to read, we ask that you read the decodable text provided by the school 4 times across the week. Spending 10 minutes a day reading with your child will hugely support them in their journey to becoming an independent reader.

The texts sent home are carefully matched to the teaching taking place in school. Your child will be practising what they have been taught in school with you at home. We will only ask children to read books independently when they can decode these by themselves. Each child has been assigned an account with Oxford Owls where they will be able to read books online that have been assigned by their class teacher.

Any books that are not yet decodable for the children will be a sharing book. These books are there for you to read with you child, helping us to instill a love of reading from the very beginning of their reading journey. These could be read together with your child reading the words they are able to decode or could be read by yourselves to your child.

You will also be provided with login details to access the eBook Library for Essential Letters and Sounds. The eBook Library contains 100 books precisely matched to each of the phonics teaching sets. It means that your child can enjoy reading books that practise the exact grapheme-phoneme correspondences that they have just been taught by their teacher.

Please click on the link for a glossary of  phonics terms to help you- Glossary of Phonics terms