We teach phonics as the main strategy for reading in the Foundation Stage and this is further reinforced throughout the school. In Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, children are taught phonics in a daily 20-30 minute session, which follows the Letters and Sounds programme, enhanced by using our own Westbourne actions.

All individual and group reading books match a child’s phonic knowledge, ensuring children can decode all of the words.

More information is available here: Letters and Sounds

“Phonics is the ladder the reader climbs, only to kick it away once it has been surmounted… Phonics requires the reader to process every letter”

– Nicholas Bielby