Phonics and Looe Primary
At Looe Primary Academy in EYFS and KS1 the children have daily sessions of phonics. Initially in EYFS, we use the kinasthetic 'Jolly Phonics' approach to deliver the Letters and Sounds programme.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. 
In KS1 the children are split into the different phases that they are working within so may be taught by a different teacher within that key stage.
In KS2, phonics is continued  if the children still need extra support  and this is often completed as an intervention rather than a whole class session.
The 'No Nonsense Spelling' programme is also introduced to Year Two children and taught across KS2 children which supports the Letters and Sounds approach.
Phonics at Looe Workshop
We hold Phonics woekshops every year.
If you require more information or would like to ask questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff or to Jo Burtoft, who leads Phonics throughout the school. If you prefer, please email
Phonics Screening Tests in Year One
In June all Year One children across the country, complete a Phonics screening test. This test is designed to confirm whether the children have learnt sufficent phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard. The children are asked to read 40 real and (pseudo) nonsense or alien words. They often find this very amusing! At the end of the school year you will be told whether your child reached the expected level.  If you wish to know more about it please speak to any of the Year One staff members or Mrs Burtoft.
How to help your child at home with phonics and spelling
  • Play I spy
  • Clap syllables e.g. el-e-phant
  • Practice letter formation linked to Jolly Phonics rhymes
  • use magnetic letters
  • use foam letters in the bath
  • write letters or words in shaving foam
  • listen to the Jolly Phonics songs
Useful websites 
This website gives you a selection of games in particular phases. 
The Alphablocks games is useful to read and write short words.