Whaley Bridge ER Primary School


Literacy Intent Documents

Writing Intent

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Phonics, Reading and Spelling POKS


At Whaley Bridge Primary School we use the Phonics International approach to phonics teaching. 

This is a highly structured synthetic phonics approach which teaches knowledge of the alphabetic code (letters linked to the sounds of speech).

Our Phonics teaching focuses on three core skills:

1. ‘Sounding out and blending’ for reading, complemented by our fully decodable reading books.

2. Identifying sounds in words for spelling.

3. Handwriting.

Phonics International introduces the sounds in the following order:

More information about Phonics International

Phonics International in a NutshellPhonics International- Letter to Parents September 2021

Supporting your child with Phonics:

We use speech sounds rather than letter names. When teaching the letter sounds, ensure you use ‘pure’ and distinct sounds and avoid adding an extra "uh" sound (schwa) at the end of the sound.  Watch the Phoneme Pronunciation Guide video to hear the correct way to say each sound.

Jolly Phonics

Our Parent Information Session 2021

In October 2021 we held a parent information session outlining our Phonics International whole school approach. The Powerpoint from this session can be accessed here;

 Phonics International Parents Session 2021



 "Books take you to places you haven’t yet been – it’s like diving into an unknown world."

Whaley Bridge Primary School children encounter a wide range of reading learning opportunities.

Whole class teaching takes place and texts are used as a stimulus for further literacy based activities. Our children love to listen to stories! In Guided Reading sessions, pupils work in small, adult led groups to explore texts, building particularly on comprehension and inference skills.

Child reading
Pupils read regularly to ensure both accuracy and understanding.  We are fortunate in that we are supported by a committed team of volunteers comprised of parents and grandparents. In order to foster a love of books and an interest in reading we begin the children on a journey of reading with a systematic range of fully decodable texts which link with our phonics teaching. Texts are banded into colours to provide a pathway of progression in reading.

Each year in March we celebrate World Book Day, by enjoying different reading themed activities. We also host a yearly book fair which is really popular and well supported. We are currently developing new and exciting ways to encourage reading for pleasure across the school, placing a higher focus on our wonderful library.

All of the above help to broaden the reading experiences of our children. Exposing children to the range of reading opportunities and broadening vocabulary, our children are in a better place to form opinions, make choices and hopefully develop a life-long love for reading!

Our Reading Adventure Map July 2020Summer hols letter with reading Ideas July 2020Summer reading bingo resources July 2020