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At Fulfen, we recognise the importance of early reading and aim to create an inclusive, inspired and challenging curriculum which develops children's knowledge of phonics, enabling them to become successful readers who develop a life-long love of reading.

We aim to give children the best possible start to their reading and writing journey by teaching them the essential phonological skills and knowledge to decode and encode words independently from the outset. We recognise that the development of spoken language and the enjoyment and comprehension of quality literature go hand in hand to develop a life- long love of reading and aim to nurture and develop these attributes alongside the phonics programme. 


At Fulfen we teach Phonics using a DfE validated Systematic synthetic phonics programme called 'Rocket Phonics'. 

Children are taught:

  • to see the letters, say the sounds for reading.
  • to hear the sounds, recall the letters for spelling.
  • blending for reading (oral, modelled, supported and independent blending at word, sentence and text levels).
  • segmenting for spelling (oral, modelled, supported segmenting, knowing which spelling alternative to use).
  • the skills of handwriting (pencil hold, letter formation, position on a writing line).

Children are also taught to recognise and write 'common exception' words gradually throughout the proramme. These are words that cannot be sounded out e.g the, no, said, was.

Click on these buttons to access the resources for Stage 1 phonics (which we start teaching in Reception) and Stage 2 phonics (which we start teaching in Year 1):

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Each lesson has 4 parts: 

  1. Revisit and Review- Flashcards are used to revise previously taught sounds.
  2. Teach- Children are taught a new letter-sound correspondance. They are taught to form letters accurately.
  3. Practise- Children practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. Initially, this is done at word level, then sentence and text levels (when appraopriate).
  4. Apply- Children apply their knowledge and transfer their skills in continous provision (in Reception), in English and wider curriculum lessons in Key stage 1 and beyond.


Children practise, apply and consolidate their phonics skills and knowledge during weekly 'Guided Reading' sessions in school.

Fully decodable texts are sent home (these contain only sounds/common exception words which have been taught previously) for the children to practise their phonics skills at home.

Children are encouraged to re-read books (from the earliest stage) to practise and improve their fluency (the ability to read with speed, accuracy and expression).


Contact the School

Fulfen Primary School

Rugeley Road

Main Contact: Mrs S Steele

Tel: 01543 226070

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