Lees Primary School

Leaders, Empowerment, Excellence, Succeeding

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Phonics and Early Reading

We teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using a model based on Letters and Sounds.  Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling.  Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds (phonemes) that they represent. Children then start to read words by saying the phonemes together to make a word. They also learn how to spell words using their phonic knowledge.

Children are introduced to synthetic phonics in our EYFS/1 and children progress through the phases during Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2).  We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics lessons and aim to make lessons purposeful and progressive. 


Common Exception Words:

Children will also learn to read common exception words. These are words which don't quite follow the spelling or phonics rules that children are taught in years 1 and 2 and need to be practiced until they are instantly recognisable. We try to think of different memorable ways that we can remember these words!   Below is our progression document. 

 Please see our parental guide and progression document for further details.