Bournville Village

Primary School

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From Reception onwards children take part in daily phonic lessons delivered with an active and multi-sensory approach to engage all learners at the appropriate level. Lessons are well paced, highly engaging and require all children to be active participants in their learning.

Phonic lessons follow the structure of:

  • Review/revise
  • Teach
  • Practice
  • Apply


Children are regularly assessed enabling individual progress to be carefully monitored. Importantly, this facilitates the early identification of children requiring personalised intervention, or indeed extra challenge, to reach their fullest potential.


At Bournville Village Primary School, we use Letters and Sounds and also incorporate Jolly Phonics into this.

Our aim for a ‘typical’ phonic learning journey is:


Reception: Letters and Sounds Phases, 1, 2 and 3 delivered through daily discrete, multi‚Äźsensory sessions where the children both read and write; and as part of the continuous provision.


Year 1: Letter and Sounds Phase 4 and 5 delivered through daily, discrete, highly focused teacher led sessions, moving to a focus on the application of writing and spelling.


Year 2: Letter and Sounds Phase 5 consolidated, if required, before pupils move onto spelling work in line with 'No Nonsense Spelling' spelling programme for Years 2 to 6.


Year 3 and beyond: Children not reaching the expected levels of phonic knowledge by the end of year 2 i.e. phase 5, would continue to access dedicated phonic learning as required.


The government have introduced a phonics screening test for all Year 1 children. This takes place annually during the Summer Term. Last year’s pass rate was 83% which is well above the national average.

Supporting your child at home 

If you would like to support your child's learning in phonics at home, use the cycle of learning to support your child to hear, say, see and write the letters and sounds they are working on each week.

The cycle of learning

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What are the letter sounds?

The link below will take you to a website where you can click on each letter within a set to hear the correct sound.