Halton Holegate C of E Primary School

Learning and flourishing together within the love of God.

Halton Holegate C of E Primary School,
Station Road,
Halton Holegate,


01790 752575



Letters and Sounds


Our school uses Letters and Sounds to teach synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. 

Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 with each lesson providing opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge through blending and segmenting activities.


Reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum, so the ability to efficiently decode is essential. Our school assesses the progress of all pupils and uses intervention to support pupils struggling with individual phonemes. 

We believe that reading should be an enjoyable experience and we therefore ensure we have a wide variety of reading resources to capture the pleasure of reading for everyone. Our class timetables provide regular opportunities for all pupils to be able to read for their enjoyment, outside of our reading scheme. 

Phonics support 

When it comes to supporting your child at home with phonics and reading there is a lot you can do.

Read! Read! Read!

It doesn't matter if your child wants to read a story, the newspaper or a recipe book, reading is so beneficial!

Click on the link below for some more information about our reading scheme and some free E-Books!


'Pure' sounds

When teaching and learning phonics, we always use 'pure' sounds. 

A 'pure' sound is when you pronounce each letter sound clearly and distinctly. There are some examples of this in the 'phonics glossary' document below.


The link below will take you to a fantastic video that shows you how we pronounce our sounds, have a look!



With phonics comes a lot of vocabulary and for some it can seem confusing. Below there is a glossary that defines all of the common terms used in phonics and an outline of the Letter and Sounds phases, giving a clear outline of how the children progress in this area of their learning.