Phonics in Foundation

We are very keen on parents helping their children with phonics and the following information should offer guidance opn the approach we use. We have also included a number of links to websites and documents which offer additional support.

Firstly here is an example timetable of when we introduce the various letters and sounds to our pupils:-

Sounds and letter names we learnt in Autumn 1:

Week 1

s, ss, a, t, p

Week 2

i, n, m, d

Week 3

g, o, c, k, ck

Week 4

e, u, r, h

Week 5

f, ff, l, ll, b









Sounds we learnt during this half term:

W/c 31.10.16

 j, v, w, x

W/c 7.11.16

y, z, zz, qu

W/c 14.11.16

th, ch, sh, ng

W/c 21.11.16

ai, ee, igh, oa, oo

W/c 28.11.16

oo, ar, or, ur

W/c 5.12.16

ow, oi, ear, air

W/c 12.12.16

ure, er












Key information:

  • It’s important that you use the pure sound when pronouncing sounds with your child as this will support them in hearing the sounds when segmenting and blending simple words.
  • When we teach the children a new sound we also teach them the letter name for this sound.
  • We refer to two letter sounds as a digraph. The children will be taught that a digraph is two letters, one sound.
  • We refer to three letter sounds as a trigraph. The children will be taught that a trigraph is three letters, one sound. 

Useful websites and documents:-




The Letters and Sounds and Phonics International provide printable and audio resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.


Phonics International provide 6 Phonic Units, please click on the links below for each unit:-

UNIT 1     UNIT 2     UNIT 3     UNIT 4     UNIT 5     UNIT 6

Curriculum documents:

Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters: Development Matters

Letters and Sounds phonic document: Letters and Sounds - DFES