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Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write and it is taught daily in our EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) classes. At Livingstone we use Monster Phonics which is a DFE validated systematic synthetic phonics programme. Monster Phonics categorises the 44 sounds taught into 10 categories and each category is represented by a monster. Each of these monsters are a different colour and their colour represents that way of spelling the sound. Children are taught actively using games, songs and activities making each lesson consistent, fun and enjoyable.

Phonics teaches children to:

  • tune into sounds
  • recognise the sounds (phonemes) that each individual letter and combinations of letters make
  • blend sounds together to read words
  • segment words for spelling

Below you will find some links to Monster Phonics videos 'Welcome to Monster Phonics' which will provide you with further information as well as videos of the pure speech sounds and actions.

Introduction to Monster Phonics on Vimeo

Pure Speech Sounds on Vimeo

Monster Phonics Actions on Vimeo


Year 1 children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check.  This check usually takes place in June and shows how well each child uses their phonics skills for reading. During the check, children are asked to read 40 words including real and pseudo (non-real) words.


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