At The Woodlands we follow the phonics scheme 'Twinkl Phonics'. It is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme approved by the DfE. Within this phonics scheme, sounds are split into levels. There are six levels in total.

In Foundation levels 2,3 and 4 are taught. This is where the children are introduced to phonemes, digraphs, trigraphs, initial and final blends.

In Year 1 level 5 is taught and children learn alternative sounds.

In Year 2 level 6 is is taught and the children learn the links to spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes.

Each phonics level has tricky words which are taught and learnt.

A Phonics lesson is taught five times a week in Foundation and Years 1 and 2.

Here are some helpful Phonics websites to use at home to support your child's learning in Phonics:


At The Woodlands reading is taught daily, the children are exposed to word reading and comprehension activities. Books allocated to the children are linked to the phonics level they are working within.

The reading schemes we follow are Bug Club, Twinkl and Project X which are matched with the phonics scheme we follow. Pupils will receive a book each week.
KS2 teaching focuses on vocabulary and comprehension through a stimulating array of texts. 
We are delighted to announce a new reading initiative to encourage our pupils to love reading.
Five Star Readers
Each week class teachers will be looking for children that have read five times during that week. One name per week, per class will be chosen to win a book of their choice from a collection. This will be celebrated each week in our motivation gathering.
I am really looking forward to seeing who we will be celebrating first! Good luck everyone.
At the Woodlands we have started a new Spelling Scheme called Twinkl Spelling. Pupils are taught spelling rules and learn words linked to the spelling rule. Children have one spelling test weekly. The spelling scheme also links to the national curriculum expectations, alongside links to words, sentence and punctuation objectives.
Reception children follow our personalised spelling scheme called Super Spelling where pupils learn to spell high frequency and tricky words.