Downfield Primary School

Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 8SS

01992 629 598

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Phonics at Downfield Primary School

The journey children make towards becoming proficient and successful readers and spellers, starts with their phonic learning journey. This is arguably the most important journey a learner will ever make.


At Downfield, we believe in an organised program of teaching and learning with a two pronged approach to teaching systematic, synthetic phonics. We are very proud of the strong links between our approach to teaching phonics and the high quality, matched reading materials provided for pupils to support their reading development in school and at home.


Our approach, materials and pedagogy is rooted in extensive training, research and CPD. Contributing organisations / individuals are as follows: Letters and SoundsCollins Big Cat and Debbie Hepplewhite.


Provision, planning and assessment of the phonics curriculum has been written by staff at Downfield and brings together the sequence of the Letters and Sounds framework with principles and materials from the sources cited above.


Our approach to teaching phonics is based on a belief in supporting children in developing the three core skills of blending to read, segmenting to spell and handwriting. Through our consistent and organised approach, children are taught to recognise the basic and complex alphabetic code of which our language is made up and to apply this in spoken and written language.


A full description of our approach to teaching phonics can be found in the phonics policy below. 

A video about our new reading scheme can be found below:

A transcript of the video and further information can be found below:

 Guide to book band colours for parents.pdfDownload
 Phonics Glossary.docxDownload
 Phonics Policy.docxDownload
 Video transcript and information.pdfDownload
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Alphabetic Code Charts

 Table Top Code Chart.pdfDownload
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