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Phonics at Slindon

At Slindon Church of England Primary School we believe that every child deserves success right from the start of their learning journey. We want all children to access reading and writing confidently and independently from an early age, to enable them to build a love of learning.

We teach phonics daily to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2; using the Phonics Shed programme.  We also deliver phonic intervention programmes throughout the day to those children needing additional support across the school.

Phonics Shed provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Phonics Shed is a multi sensory approach, to support all children in their learning of phonics.

Our Phonics Scheme

The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.


Our Phonics Subject Lead is:

Mrs Emmajane Merrett



When using Phonics Shed to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending 
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' based questions.



When using Phonics Shed to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)



When using Phonics Shed the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions
  • To take turns talking and listening to each other
  • To give positive praise to each other.

For more information about the Phonics Shed scheme, please visit: