At Bluecoat C of E Primary School emphasis is placed on the focused, consistent and progressive teaching and application of phonics skills. The teaching of phonics is an important aspect of our teaching for reading and spelling. The scheme that we use is Floppy's Phonics.

Floppy's Phonics is a systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme for early reading and writing. We use the interactive phonics lessons and activities to teach children the sounds in words and the code (letters) used to represent them. Children in Reception and Year 1 will take part in a daily phonics lesson. Each lesson begins by rapidly revisiting previously taught sounds and codes before being taught the next new sound. They will use the Floppy’s Phonics Sound Books to look for words which contain this new sound and discuss the meaning of any new vocabulary. They will practise forming the new code, reading words and sentences which contain it and complete spelling games too. This learning will transfer into their daily reading so children can apply and consolidate the new sound and code.

Phonics Screening

Phonics Screening Parent Information -June 2024 Screening.pdf
Information for Parents - 2023 Phonics Screening Check

Phonics Revision Cards for Parents

Level 1+ - Phonics Revision Cards
Level 2 - Phonics Revision Cards
Level 3 - Phonics Revision Cards
Level 4 - Phonics Revision Cards
Level 5 - Phonics Revision Cards


Grapheme: The letter or letter group which is code for the sound.
Phoneme: The smallest identifiable sound of speech.
Blending: When reading a word, identify the graphemes in the word and say the corresponding sounds in order to hear the word as a whole,
e.g. read sh – o – p = shop
Segmenting: When spelling a word, break it down into the sounds you hear and write the grapheme for each identified sound,
e.g. say shop = writing sh – o – p
Decode: Breaking a word down into sounds to be able to read it.
Encode: Breaking a word down into sounds to be able to spell it.
Digraph: When two letters make one sound when they are together, e.g. boat
Trigraph: When three letters make one sound when they are together, e.g. night
Split Digraph: When two letters that are “split” by having another letter in the middle of them, e.g.  a_e in game or i_e in tide.
Helpful Words: These are common or high frequency words with unusual spelling rules which means they can’t be decoded easily. Children will learn to recognise these words by sight.

In every lesson we should see…

Phonics Sessions at Bluecoat C of Primary School:


Other elements we may see include...

Useful Links

Common Exception Words
Oxford Owl eBook Library Parent Information

For further information and guidance on how you can support your child at home with Phonics, please see our Home Learning page.