We follow a validated phonics scheme: Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) published by Oxford University Press. The programme provides a simple, consistent approach to phonics, provided through interactive whiteboard lessons. ELS keeps routines simple to reduce cognitive load and maximise the chances of success. All staff in the Academy have completed training on ELS.
Every child in Foundation Stage and Year 1 takes part in a daily phonics session following the ELS programme. Some pupils may access additional phonic interventions throughout the day if this is needed. The Essential Letters and Sounds programme is separated into Phases – your child’s teacher will be able to tell you which phase your child is currently working on.
At the end of Year 1, children will take the phonics screening check (PSC), which is a government requirement. Those who do not meet the expected level are re-entered at the end of Year 2.
A range of Oxford Reading Tree reading books and texts are closely matched to support the application of phonics. Please also see our reading page.
Phonics guidance for parents
Trust guidance video - pronouncing the phonics sounds correctly
It is really important that we are saying the sounds correctly when we are supporting children with their reading
Trust guidance video - teaching early spelling
Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Alliance Phonics Teaching Videos:
- Spelling cvc words (like cat)
- Reading small words with x (like box)
- Spelling small words with x (like fox)
- Reading sh words (like ship)
- Spelling sh words (like shop)
- Reading th words
- Spelling qu words (like (quit)
- Reading oo words (like boot)
- Spelling ee words (like free)
- Reading ai words (like rain)
- Reading igh words (like fight)
- Spelling oa words (like boat)
- Reading ar words (like car)
- Reading words with 4 sounds (like plum)
- Reading split vowel a_e words (like game)
- Reading split vowel i words (like bike)