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Phonics at Hartshorne

We use Sounds-Write at Hartshorne CE Primary School


From Reception to Year 6, students learn the concepts necessary for proficient reading and writing. They master the 175 most common spellings of the 44 sounds in English through reading and writing polysyllabic words, as well as following our two codes:

  • the Initial Code (Reception)
  • the Extended Code (Year 1 onwards).

Sounds-Write requires minimum planning, preparation, and expense to implement. Based on the latest research into cognitive load theory and the principles of direct instruction, the programme has been specially designed to accelerate learning—no matter the child’s level.

What’s more, Sounds-Write also enhances teachers’ knowledge of phonics, giving them the guidance, knowledge, and resources to teach children how to read and write to the best of their abilities. The programme has been acknowledged by the DfE as having met all their criteria for exceptional linguistic phonics teaching.

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