Wilby Primary

'I can do all things through Him who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:13*) Wilby CE Primary School
  • Wilby is an awesome school packed full of caring students and teachers Gracie
  • We are all different but all equally important at Wilby Alfie
  • Wilby makes learning fun! Jonty
  • Wilby is just the most amazing school in the entire world! Harvey
  • We have a positive attitude towards being ourselves here. We know making mistakes is fine! It is how we learn Wren
  • Being a part of Wilby is like being part of a big family Alex
  • We have faith that everyone will do well and we make sure no one is left behind
  • I love Wilby because no one is left out
  • You are supported so you can achieve the very best at Wilby-it is a great place to be
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Phonics in the EYFS

Please follow this link to access the PPT used at our phonics and handwriting evening for parents/carers HERE

At Wilby School we follow Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) which is a government approved  complete systematic, synthetic Phonics Programme. Details of how we deliver this can be found on our English page in the Phonics section:


This is the link to the parents area on ELS https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/essential-letters-and-sounds/ where you can find more useful information about how to support your child with their reading journey as they encounter phonics phases 2,3 and 5.

It includes a video with a child demonstrating how to say each pure letter sound and a link to this page (https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae%20#) which gives a demonstration of sounding out and blending letter sounds. It's important to ensure that you pronounce letter sounds in the way that they are taught in school in order to avoid confusion and to help your child make progress more quickly.

Phonic teaching starts as soon as the children begin in Pre-school. In Pre School Phase 1 of our phonics programme concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills. The emphasis in getting children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

In Reception year the children will begin Phase 2. The teaching of phonics follows a specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they progress through phases 2-6. As a result, our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they encounter in their reading.