Phonics and Early Reading


At Livingstone Primary School Phonics is taught through the Twinkl phonics scheme and all staff delivering phonics have been trained by the Twinkl phonics team.


What is Twinkl Phonics?

Twinkl Phonics is a fully comprehensive, synthetic phonics teaching programme designed to be used with children from Reception to Year 2. Delivered through the stories and adventures of Kit, Sam and the Twinkl Phonics family, the scheme builds and develops the skills and understanding children need to become effective, independent readers and writers.


What is Synthetic Phonics?

Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing in which words are broken up into their smallest units of sound or ‘phonemes’. Children learn to associate a written letter or group of letters, known as ‘graphemes’, with each phoneme. Sounds are then built up or ‘blended’ together into words for reading or, conversely, whole words are broken down or ‘segmented’ into their constituent sounds for writing.


The benefits of this approach are:

1. children learn in an order which is well thought-out and allows them to progress through stages as they are ready;

2. teachers have a structure for planning and clear stages for assessing children, in order to ensure progression and coverage;

3. children can attempt new words working from sound alone;

4. reading and writing become practices that are developed hand-in-hand.


Synthetic phonics has been the required method of teaching early reading and writing skills since the 2006 Rose Report, which examined the advantages of phonics through long term data. 


EYFS Phonics meeting


Year 1 phonics screening check

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.


Alphablocks - lots of videos and games to help with recognising letters and reading. 

​Phonics Games - A variety of different interactive games

Letters and sounds initial sound game- this game lets your child reveal a sound/letter and then try to find the picture that starts with the same sound.

BBC Bitesize - this game allows your child to listen to the sounds in a word and to pick the correct letter. Then they can see what word they have made with all of the sounds together. 

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.