Phonics At West Jesmond

At West Jesmond Primary, we use Floppy’s Phonics, a systematic synthetic phonics programme, to teach our youngest readers how to decipher the alphabetical code.

Floppy’s Phonics links to the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) teaching principles described in the ‘English Programmes of Study: Key Stages 1 and 2 National Curriculum’. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Year 1, with reinforcement in Years 2 and 3 where needed. 

The Floppy's Phonics programme is a rigorous scheme of teaching and learning, which teaches children how to decipher the alphabetical code, as well as developing pupils’ vocabulary and language comprehension skills.

Floppy’s Phonics teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading, spelling and handwriting.

As a programme, it provides:

  • A systematic and structured approach, with inbuilt regular consolidation of new skills to ensure the success of every child;
  • Highly engaging resources, including its rich visual stimuli, interactive resources and songs, all of which support phonics progression as well as vocabulary enrichment and language comprehension;
  • A rigorous programme, with the teaching sequence ensuring that phonics learning is structured and progressive;
  • Opportunity for subtle and effective differentiation when needed to support vulnerable readers;
  • Decodable reading practice throughout teaching resources and aligned decodable reading books.
The West Jesmond Reading Policy:
Teaching and learning sequence:
Parents' extra practice zone: