Phonics Overview


Bug Club Phonics


We recognise that early reading skills for the majority of pupils are imbedded through phonic knowledge and the ability to decode.

Therefore, pupils from Nursery to Year Two, have 1 hour per day designated to structured whole class phonics lessons. These lessons begin the very first day of learning at Mayflower.

Every member of teaching staff, has received high quality phonics training (Phase One-Phase Six). We follow the systematic synthetic phonics evidence based phonics scheme “Phonics Bug” (Pearson Education), adapted to meet the needs and requirements of the pupils at Mayflower, with a specific focus on embedding phonetic learning and knowledge through cognitive science methods.

Any pupil in EYFS through to Year 6, who is struggling to decode, segment and blend, will be offered small group or 1-1 phonics interventions, with urgency. Phonics Bug will be the programme used throughout the Academy.

Click on the image above to watch a webinar by Phonics Bug explaining the programme.


Decodable Books

Early reading books are fully decodable, and follow the structure of the letters learned in phonics lessons. Every pupil accessing phonics lessons or phonics interventions is given a paper decodable book and is allocated online decodable books to match the phonemes and graphemes taught. Benchmarked reading books and own choice “Reading for Pleasure” books are also given to the pupils.

Click on the link below to watch a video explaining how to access the hundreds of decodable books we offer via Bug Club and Phonics Bug.

Bug Club for Families

Phonics Assessments

Assessments in phonics are used via an online phonics tracking system “Phonics Tracker”.

Click on the image below to see how Phonics Tracker is used as an effective assessment tool.

Phonics Screening Check

Pupils in Year One will complete a Phonics Screening Check in June each year. The pupils read 40 words, a mixture of “real” words and “alien” (pseudo words, that are not recognised as words in the English language.) This check is designed to assess whether the pupils can effectively use their phonics knowledge to decode and read a range of words. The check is administered by the pupil’s class teacher and phase lead. In most cases, it only takes a couple of minutes and the pupils enjoy the 1-1 time with their teacher.

If a pupil does not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year One, they will have the opportunity to have the assessment in Year Two.

Parents and carers will be informed whether their child has passed the Phonics Screening Check, in the final summer term report.