Phonics and Spelling

No-nonsense spelling

Vision for Phonics and Spelling

At Dove Bank, we teach daily phonics sessions in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and spelling lessons from Year 3 to Year 6 a minimum of 3 times per week.

Our sessions are carefully planned to ensure they are effective and progressive. They are fun, involving lots of songs, speaking, listening and games. We plan for the children to be active and fully participate in the sessions, ensuring high engagement.

In phonics we follow ‘Monster Phonics, an interactive scheme of work linked to Letters & Sounds.

In EYFS and Year 1, we ensure that opportunities to consolidate the sounds and skills the children have learned in their daily phonics sessions are provided for through the continuous and enhanced provision offered in the classrooms.
This ensures that regular opportunities to practice the skills of segmenting and blending are provided and phonics is fully embedded within the wider curriculum.

What’s New?

  • The introduction of ‘Monster Phonics’ across the whole school with specific emphasis on Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

  • The introduction of No-Nonsense Spelling for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.

  • Whole school staff training on phonics and how to use Monster Phonics and Spelling and how to use No Nonsense Spelling.

  • New reading material to support the implementation of Monster Phonics.

  • The introduction of Phonics Tracker – an instant assessment and tracking programme for Phonics, High Frequency Words and the Phonics Screening Check.

Subject Leader Biography

Hello, my name is Mrs Fletcher and I am honoured to be leading Phonics and Spelling at Dove Bank Primary School.

I have always had a passion for phonics, spelling and reading and having the ability to read can open up a whole new world of opportunities.

Having taught for a number for years using a variety of phonics schemes, I am really excited about our new; Monster Phonics’ scheme and seeing children develop their phonics and spelling skills over the time that they are with us here at Dove Bank.


Subject priorities

  1. Improve outcomes in phonics for all pupils and groups.

  2. Ensure a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics and spelling across the school.

  3. Provide CPD in phonics to staff in all year groups to ensure a consistent approach to teaching and the use of phonological language.
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