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Phonics scheme

At Alderman Pounder we use StoryTime Phonics which is a systematic, synthetic phonics reading and writing programme which compliments the governments letters and sounds document. The uniqueness of StoryTime Phonics is that the synthetic phonics teaching opportunities are embedded within the context of real books; books written by phenomenal writers and illustrators who know how to engage children and make them want to read for pleasure. Early in the Autumn term there will be a parents information evening to provide an overview of how this is taught in school.

Click on the Phonics Fairy below to see a copy of this year's presentation.


Children start learning spellings once they start phase 3 of our phonics programme.

Phase 3 Spellings

Those in BOLD are tricky words.

 week 1: a, an, as, at, up
 week 2:  if, in, is, it, on, off
 week 3: can, dad, had, back
 week 4: big, his, him, not, got 
 week 5: mum, but, put, get, and
 week 6: that, this, them, then
 week 7: with, will, now, down
 week 8: look, too, for, see
 week 9: the, to, I
 week 10: no, go, into, of

Phase 4 Spellings

Those in BOLD are tricky words.

 week 1: we, me, be
 week 2:  he, she
 week 3: was, her, are
 week 4: you, they
 week 5: all, my
 week 6: from, just
 week 7: went, help

Phase 5a Spellings

Those in BOLD are tricky words.

 week 1: went, just, from, help
 week 2:  which,when
 week 3: made, came, make, day
 week 4: very, here
 week 5: Mr, Mrs
 week 6: time, like, by
 week 7: oh, so, old
 week 8: children, little
 week 9: do, who, use
 week 10: your, saw
 week 11: out, about, house
 week 12: were, one
 week 13: have, give, live


Phase 5b Spellings

Those in BOLD are tricky words.

 week 1: place, once
 week 2:  know, write, wrote, knew
 week 3: again, water
 week 4: could, would, should, some, come
 week 5: there, their
 week 6: looked, called, asked
 week 7: to, too, two
 week 8: what, want
 week 9: people, said, because
 week 10: badge, hedge, nudge

Phase 6 Spellings

Those in BOLD are tricky words.

 week 1: water, good, where, school, home
 week 2:  it's, I'm, don't
 week 3: she's, he's, she'll, they're, we're
 week 4: brushes, buzzes, catches, misses, babies
 week 5: knives, leaves, loaves, hoped, hopped
 week 6: reader, bigger, happiest, biggest, quickly, happily


Phonics Play is a resource that is well used in school. Some of the resources are free to use. To explore this phonics resource click on the logo below.