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Little Stoke Primary School

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Little Stoke Lane
Little Stoke, Bristol, BS34 6HY
Headteacher: Dan Ross



At Little Stoke Primary, we use Unlocking Letters and Sounds which was validated by the DfE in December 2021.

We begin teaching phonics in the first few weeks of term 1 in Reception and children make rapid progress in their reading journey. Children begin to learn the main sounds heard in the English Language and how they can be represented, as well as learning ‘Common Exception’ words for Phases 2, 3 and 4. They use these sounds to read and write simple words, captions and sentences. Children leave Reception being able to apply the phonemes taught within Phase 2, 3 and 4.

Phase 2 GPC, picture, action, formation document

In Year 1 through Phase 5a, b and c, they learn any alternative spellings and pronunciations for the graphemes and additional Common Exception Words. By the end of Year 1 children will have mastered using phonics to decode and blend when reading and segment when spelling. In Year 1 all children are screened using the national Phonics Screening Check.

In Year 2, phonics continues to be revisited to ensure mastery of the phonetic code and any child who does not meet age related expectations will continue to receive support to close identified gaps.

For further details please see the Unlocking Letters and Sounds progression:

Overview progression document

To ensure no child is left behind at any point in the progression, children are regularly assessed and supported to keep up through bespoke 1-1 interventions. These include GPC recognition and blending and segmenting interventions. The lowest attaining 20% of pupils are closely monitored to ensure these interventions have impact.


Reading Scheme

At Little Stoke Primary we promote a ‘phonics first’ approach and in both our guided reading sessions at school and in the books children take home, texts are very closely matched to a child’s current phonics knowledge so that every child can experience real success in their reading.

In these crucial early stages of reading we primarily use books which are closely matched to the children’s phonic stage of development to ensure complete fidelity to the phonic progression we follow.

Once children progress beyond de-codable texts, they move onto our book scheme so that they can continue to progress in their decoding, fluency and comprehension skills to become avid, expert readers.


Phonics and Early reading 

Please find below the resources shared in the parental phonics workshops:

Reading with your child.  This video emphasises the importance of rereading sentences in books to build up fluency:

Pronouncing the phonemes.  This video shows the correct pronunciation of the phonemes.  It is so important to only say the ‘pure’ sounds and not to add a ‘schwa’ at the end of the sound.  Below are the action and pronunciation videos for the ULS scheme:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

This is a link to the video of the online workshop shared with parents for teaching of phonics using ULS at Little Stoke Primary School: