Scroll to content
School Logo

St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School

Where charity and love are, God is there


Unlocking Letters and Sounds

In April 2022, we began to implement our new Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Programme, Unlocking Letters and Sounds. All staff have had full training in this new scheme and work closely with Mangotsfield English Hub to regularly develop our practice. 


  • Phonics is taught daily in EYFS, Year 1 and the first 2 terms of Year 2, with regular interventions to support individual pupils.
  • At the end of Year 1, children sit a Phonics Screening Check, comprised of 40 decodable real and 'alien' words. Those who do not pass will receive extra intervention throughout Year 2 and beyond.
  • Children who are learning phonics take home a 'decodable' reading book to develop fluency with sounds they already know. This is in addition to their benchmarked level reading book.