Mather Street, Failsworth, Manchester M35 0DT



What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read. Phonics works by breaking words down into its individual sounds. There are 44 different sounds in the English language. Learning to read with phonics is, therefore, a bit like learning a code, after learning just a few sounds, you will be able to use this code to read 100's of words. The more sounds you know, the more words you will be able to work out how to read.

How is phonics taught at Mather Street?


Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for 20 minutes. In nursery, the children prepare for phonics by taking part in teacher directed activities relating to phase 1 of Letters and Sounds. As a school, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work to ensure a consistent approach to phonics across year groups. Within the session, children have the opportunity to revisit previous sounds, recap tricky words, learn a new sound and are given the opportunity to practise reading and writing the new sound in a variety of different ways. 


Phonics Assessment data

At the end of Year 1, the children will be assessed on their understanding of the phonics through a statutory national assessment. 


 2019 - 87.5%

 2018 - 77.3%