Teaching with Pride, Learning with Confidence


At Kempshott Junior School we recognise that mastery in phonics is fundamental to children being able to access a broad range of fiction and non-fiction texts across the curriculum. We aim to achieve this by building on the systematic synthetic phonics program the children have experienced at Key Stage 1. We recognise that some children need extra support with embedding and applying the segmenting and blending skills learnt at Key Stage 1


What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning to associate letters or letter groups with the sounds they represent. There are 44 main sounds in the English language. Each sound is represented by a grapheme (the written representation of a sound).

What is ELS?

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) is our chosen phonics programme. It teaches children to read by identifying the phonemes (smallest unit of sound) and graphemes (written version of the sound) within words and using these to read words. Children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills they need to become fluent independent readers and writers.

Why have we chosen ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds) as our systematic synthetic phonics programme?

  • It builds on Letters and Sounds which is the programme we were previously using, are very familiar with and have been successful in implementing
  • It teaches the sounds in the same order that we have previously taught so will make for a smooth transition for the children
  • It involves whole class high quality teaching with well-structured daily lesson plans
  • It includes consistent resources used across the school to ensure prior learning is accessed easily and built upon
  • It includes a wide range of engaging, decodable books for our children
  • It is engaging for the children and will ensure all children learn to read well, quickly

Below are a series of useful videos and websites to help you support your child with phonics at home. 

Oxford Owl support for parents (Getting started) 
A recorded guide to help your child say the sounds and blend



You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please


You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please