Edith Neville

Primary School

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We believe that learning to read is one of the most important things we will ever do.


We love reading here at Edith Neville and make sure that our younger children learn using ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is a systematic approach to learning phonic skills and enables them to decode new written words by sounding them out.  Children start by the age of three in our Nursery, and we aim to produce confident, fluent readers with a love of words and books by the age of seven. Young children read with an adult every single day applying their phonic knowledge to quality texts.



Reading in Year 1

Letters and Sounds


Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of three, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers.