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Quality phonics teaching and learning is a key priority at Thorpe Willoughby School and one we recognise as paramount to children progressing to be confident and fluent readers and learners. 


Word recognition and understanding is essential to enable children to become skilled and fluent readers. In Reception and Key Stage 1, we place great emphasis on teaching phonics and developing children's phonological awareness. These early years are crucial to establish the foundations for reading fluently and accurately, developing comprehension skills and fostering a love of reading and literature.


To deliver high-quality phonics teaching and learning, we use the newly developed Rocket Phonics which compliments our whole school reading scheme Rising Stars Reading Planets Scheme. Rocket Phonics is an accredited DfE (Department for Education) phonics programme launched in 2021, which is based on the progression of Letters and Sounds (Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics by the Primary National Strategy 2007). 


Please click the link below to find out more about our phonics scheme, Rocket Phonics:


To start the reading journey and embed essential early reading skills for children in our Early Years and Key Stage 1, we have invested significantly in new reading books from the Rising Stars Reading Planet Scheme


Please click the link below to find out more about our reading scheme, Reading Planet:



Glossary of key words used in phonics


Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words e.g. cat, pin


Consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant words e.g. milk, belt

Consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant words e.g. clap, from


a visual representation of a sound this can be a single letter or a group of letters.


2 letters making 1 sound e.g. ai, sh


3 letters making 1 sound e.g. igh, air

split digraph

when the digraph has been separated by other letters e.g. name


Blending is the skill of joining sounds together to read words. We teach the children to say the sounds and blend them together.


This is the opposite to blending. The children will say the individual sounds in a word to spell it.

sound buttons

We represent a single sound with a dot underneath and a digraph/ trigraph is represented with a line. e.g.  cat      tree

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