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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Phonic and Spelling at Bearbrook

Letters and Sounds

At Bearbrook Combined, reading and writing is taught alongside Letters and Sounds programme initially. This initiative promotes a strong and systematic emphasis on the teaching of synthetic phonics. As part of this scheme the children will be taught to:

  • discriminate between the separate sounds in words;

  • learn the letters and letter combinations most commonly used to spell sounds;

  • read words by sounding out and blending their separate parts;

  • study written representations of a sound and how it looks;

  • recognise on sight vocabulary identified as ‘Tricky words.

Letters and Sounds:

  • is a six-phase teaching programme

  • fosters children’s speaking and listening skills as valuable in their own right and as preparatory to learning phonic knowledge and skills

  • teaches high quality phonic work with the intention of equipping pupils with the phonic knowledge and skills they need to become fluent readers by the age of seven


Spelling in KS2

At Bearbrook Combined ‘Support for Spelling’ and the National Curriculum requirements for each year group are used to continue the development of spelling across KS2. 'Support for Spelling' is designed to align with letters and sounds . The materials emphasise that spelling needs to be 'taught not caught' and advocates an active, investigative approach to phonics and spelling.


As part of this programme the children will cover five main components:

  • understanding the principles underpinning word construction
    (phonemic, morphemic and etymological);

  • recognising how (and how far) these principles apply to each word,
    in order to learn to spell words;

  • practising and assessing spelling;

  • applying spelling strategies and proofreading;     

  • building pupils’ self-images as spellers.



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