Welcome to Reception's Phonics Page

Phonics is taught daily in each class in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 folowing the DfE phonics resource Letters and Sounds. 

In the Reception we use Jolly Phonics as an additional resource for teaching and learning through a multi-sensory approach.

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.  With actions for each of the letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.  The letter sounds are taught in phases in a specific order (not alphabetically) following the order stated in Letters and Sounds. This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

Phase 2 Letters and Sounds:

  1. s, a, t, p,

  2. i, n, m, d

  3. g, o, c, k

  4. ck, e, u, r
  5. h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 3 Letters and Sounds:

      6.  j,  v,  w,  x

      7.  y,  z, , zz,  qu

Once the letter sounds are known to the children, the following phonemes are taught within Phase 3:

      ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing

1. Learning the letter sounds - Children are taught the main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.

2. Learning letter formation - Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.  At Dean Valley we use a cursive approach to teaching handwriting as illustrated by the download below.

3. Blending - Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.

4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting) - Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5.Tricky words - Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

Magnetic boards and letters are very effective in helping children to identify letter shapes and develop the skills of blending and segmenting.  Parents can easily reinforce these skills at home using magnetic letters on the fridge or radiator.

For more information visit the Jolly Phonics website:

The following websites are also a good way to give your child extra practice with phonics at home.  Some of these offer free games, others you will have to pay for.

Files to Download

Dean Valley Community Primary School, Albert Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5HS