St. Augustine's Catholic Primary School


Approach to phonics 

At St. Augustine’s we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through daily, systematic and consistent high quality phonics teaching, children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. To allow our children to develop a strong phonic awareness and effective blending and decoding skills, we have chosen to use a synthetic phonics programme called All Aboard.

This programme teaches children to decode text phonetically by introducing them to different phonemes (sounds) step by step. As the children learn their sounds they also learn to blend them to read unfamiliar words.

Nursery pupils start to cover Phase 1 throughout their time with us. During Reception the children begin to work on Phase 2 and move onto Phase 3 and Phase 4.  Children in Years 1 work on  Phase 5.

We hold a phonics’ meeting in the Autumn Term to introduce All Aboard to our school community. Parents from EYFS and Year 1 are encouraged to attend to ensure that they are able to fully support their child/ren at home.

Children read twice a week within the classroom with an adult with the correctly match book set online for the children to read at home with an adult. This re-reading of the text ensures at least 95%  accuracy level.

Useful Links

Parents Information and guide Click Here

Video Link – How do I set my child up on the All Aboard app?

All Aboard Phonics:

How to Voice the Phase 2 Phonemes

Phase 3 Phoneme Voicing and Actions

Segmenting and Blending

Eye Tracking