At Inspire Academy children from Nursery to Year 1 engage in phonics activities daily, at a level appropriate for them. This is our primary method for teaching the children how to read and write.

We use our own phonics scheme, written by Inspire Academy staff who are highly trained in delivering phonics. This scheme is designed to meet the needs of our pupils and ensures consistency in the delivery of phonics teaching across the school.  Alongside our scheme, we also use various websites, videos, apps and games.

They include, click on the links to view the websites:

ICT Games – Literacy games -sound buttons to build your own words

Information about the Phonics screening check for parents

ICT Games – Forest Phonics (buried treasure, dragons den, pick a picture)

Phonics Bloom – Matching pairs, sentence substitution (free flashcards for you to print and suggested games)

BBC Alphablocks (guide to phonics, episodes to watch)

Jolly Phonics songs (youtube)

Mr Thorne does phonics (youtube)

In Nursery, the focus is on phase 1 phonics. In these sessions, children develop their listening skills and are encouraged to explore and experiment with sounds. This involves lots of games, noisy play and learning songs and nursery rhymes.

In Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught in a structured session in which children revisit sounds they already know, learn new sounds, practise using those sounds and then apply them in reading and writing.

Nursery and Reception parents/carers are asked to attend a phonics workshop in October to find out more information about how phonics is taught at the Academy.

We aim to develop parent’s confidence in helping their children with phonics and reading at home. If parents miss this workshop for any reason, the class teacher will be happy to arrange an alternative time to share the information.

In the final half term of Year 1, pupils are assessed by a statutory ‘Phonics Screening Check’ which is undertaken by all Year 1 pupils nationally. This is used to identify children who will need additional support with phonics in Year 2. Children who do not pass in Year 1 will continue to participate in daily, structured phonics session throughout Year 2 and will retake the assessment at the end of that year. Parents will be invited to attend a meeting to provide them with more information about this when their child starts in Year 1.


Phonics Workshop for
Parents/Carers – Reading
Phonics Workshop for
Parents/Carers – Writing