Phonics and Reading Schemes used at our school


       Cued Articulation       

and Letters and Sounds 

We use a combination of phonics programs at Shirley Warren Primary and Nursery School  - Cued articulation and Letters and Sounds. 

How does Letters and Sounds work? 

Letters and Sounds begins with a focus on listening skills and sound-making in phase one. The teaching of systematic synthetic phonics begins with phase two, where children start to be taught the relationship between written letters (graphemes) and the sounds of spoken English (phonemes). Blending and segmenting skills are taught from the start, and applied into reading fully decidable captions and phrases. Children are taught high frequency words and are expected to have developed strong decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) skills. Children usually secure accurate word reading before they secure comparable accuracy in spelling; therefore the teaching and learning of spelling continues beyond the programme.

What is Cued Articulation?


It is a set of hand cues for teaching the individual sounds in a word. The hand movements are logical – each hand movement represents one sound and the cue gives clues as to how and where  the sound is produced.

The Reading Scheme we use at SWPNS

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We use the Bug Club reading scheme that also includes online reading resources that can be accessed from home. 

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