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Phonics at Glade Hill Primary and Nursery School

At Glade Hill we systematically teach our children synthetic phonics as a strategy to support them in becoming fluent readers and confident writers. Our approach across the school is systematic, consistent and rigorous to ensure that all children become readers as quickly as possible.


We use the same phonics guidance across the school to provide continuity and ensure progression. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ government scheme of work, alongside additional guidance from Nottingham City Council, to plan daily discrete phonics sessions in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.


Pupils are taught in ability groups for phonics enabling them to be taught according to their phonetic ability and not their age. The teaching of each group is very precise and is tailored to the needs of each child. We use ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Bug Club’ as resources to support our teaching.


Half-termly assessments ensure that our children are taught in the correct group and that all teaching builds on their existing phonetic knowledge and skills. When children can read both fluently and confidently they will progress to daily spelling sessions to support their writing development. Some older children may continue to receive daily phonics support to ensure that they reach the required standard and make progress with their reading skills.