General Overview

At St Stephen's we teach phonics daily using the Phonics Bug scheme throughout the EYFS and KS1. Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read quickly and skilfully. We teach children the letter name and sound and then begin to teach children how to blend sounds to read and segment to spell them.

Home Reading Books

Children will be sent home with reading books which have been carefully matched to the phonics phase your child is on to help them practice letters learnt in class.

Phonics Bug Active Learn

Each child in school has access to an online account for Phonics Bug Active Learn. Each child has a personalised homepage where they'll find the eBooks they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time.

Your child's class teacher will give your child a log in at the beginning of the academic year. You can log in on the following link - 

Supporting your child at home

There are a number of things that parents can do to support phonics and early reading development:

Make time for your child to read their school book to you.
With all books, encourage your child to ‘sound out’ unfamiliar words and then blend from left to right rather than looking at pictures to guess
Immerse your child in a love of reading by promoting.

Games and online resources

There are many phonic games for children to access on the computer (lead to an external side to which we have no control of content):



Pronunciation of Phonemes

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Files to Download

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