How do children learn phonics at Parkside?

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have short, structured phonics lessons lastly approximately 15 minutes each day. We follow the Government's 'Letters and Sounds' programme for teaching synthetic phonics, which has 6 different phases.


  • Nursery and Reception children cover Phases 1-3 of the programme;

  • Year 1 children cover 3-5; and

  • In Year 2 and beyond, children finish Phase 6 and move on to 'Support for Spelling' in KS2.

However, all children are different and we assess children regularly to see which phase they should be taught. This may mean that they are taught by different teachers with a different group of children on some days to ensure their needs are being met and are being suitably challenged.