St Luke's CE Primary School, Bradford

Reading and Phonics

Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin; decoding and encoding are inverse operations. Therefore, we use the linguistic phonics programme, Sounds-Write, to teach both from Reception to Year 2. We are in the process of rolling the Sounds-Write programme out across the rest of the school (Years 3-6).

The children are taught to decode and encode through explicit teaching and practice of these skills and concepts:


  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Phonic Manipulation


  • letters are symbols that represent sounds
  • sounds can be spelt using 1,2 3 or 4 letters
  • the same sound can be spelt in more than one way (rain, break, gate, stay)
  • many spellings can represent more than one sound (head, seat, break).

In Reception and KS1, children have a daily phonics lesson following the clear, consistent and cumulative Sounds-Write programme. 

For more information on the Sounds Write programme please follow the link below to view a video: