Springwood Infant and

Junior School Federation

Believing is achieving


Springwood is currently reviewing synthetic phonic programmes in line with national updates.


At present, our school uses the commercial scheme Letters and Sounds printed in 2008 to guide the teaching of phonics.  This synthetic phonics programme teachers letter sound correspondences in a specific order.

Children are taught to blend (put together) and segment (pull apart) words when they are reading and writing to help them. For example, c-a-t, sh-ee-p, r-ai-n. These are all words we expect children to be able to read by the end of their first year in school.


When 2 letters combine to make a new sound we call them digraphs, for example ch/th/sh or ai/ee/er

When 3 letters combine we call them trigraphs, for example igh/ear/ure


We expect children to be able to use these terms to describe words and notice letters and sounds to be able to use these in their spelling.


Some words do not follow simple rules and we refer to these as "tricky" words. For example, come/people. Children are taught to read and spell these noticing the part of the word that is irregular and doesn't follow the rule we would expect. Each year group has an expected list of tricky words which you can download under the curriculum section to guide your learning at home.