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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery


Our Intent in Phonics


At Sharp lane Primary School, we are committed to the delivery of excellence in the teaching of PHONICS. We aim to provide children with the means to read with fluency and confidence and above all to foster a love of reading that will stay with our children throughout their lives.


Our intent is for our pupils to have high ASPIRATIONS in their reading ability so that they are able to access a wide range of books and reading materials which will allow them to explore and discover the world around them. 


We want our children to BELIEVE in themselves through gaining confidence in their phonic knowledge and applying the blending routine to their reading. We want all of our children to confidently read aloud in small and large groups to share their skills with others by immersing themselves within the literature that they read. 


Our children COMMIT themselves to their phonics learning by regularly practising these skills both at school and at home. They apply what they learn independently, and with support, to all areas of their learning which allows them to access the world around them. 


We allow our children to explore and DISCOVER by giving them the skills to open up new worlds through stories, poems and non-fiction texts. Through learning and applying phonics, the children progressively discover more. The ability to read is one that comes with excitement and independence. At Sharp Lane, we believe ‘reading is a passport’ to all new knowledge and discovery.

Oxford Reading Tree

Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme 


Learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will develop over the next few years. The more support and encouragement that you can offer your child, the more likely it is that he or she will make good progress. At school we are using the Oxford Reading Tree series to take your child through the early stages of learning to read. We are using the Floppy’s Phonics teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics reading scheme. It introduces the children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) that are at the foundation of all reading and writing.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught to:
recognise the sounds (phonemes) that each individual letter of the alphabet makes
identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make
blend these sounds together to read and segment for spelling.

Children use this knowledge to ‘decode’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.


Floppy's phonics uses synthetic teaching principles which are to teach the knowledge of the alphabetic code. There are three core skills taught

  1. Sounding out and blending for reading

  2. Identifying sounds for words for spelling

  3. Writing



Embedding the reading routine in school and at home.

Helping your child with the spelling routine

Parents guide on how to support your child phonics and reading at home