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We hope that this will be a place for you to refer to at any point during your child’s journey through school, to help you with how best to support your child at home with their phonics and reading.


We have many adults in school who work towards ensuring our children make the best start with reading as well as maintain successful reading progress throughout their time at Dovedale.


Here is a list of the adults and their contact details:

Mrs Robinson is our Phonics Lead -

Mrs Potter is our Literacy Lead -

Mrs Norton is our Early Years Lead -

Mrs Kelly is our Accelerated Reader Lead -

Our youngest children learn to read using phonics knowledge and skills.

Please find our ‘All about Phonics – a guide for parents’ video link below. Here, Mrs Robinson explains phonics in greater detail. Some parts of this video will be applicable for children who are just beginning their ‘learning to read’ journey in Early Years and other parts are to better inform parents of phonics and reading progress beyond the Early Years.  


At Dovedale, children in Early Years start their phonics journey at Phase 2 with an expectation to progress through and achieve phase 3 by the end of the Reception year.


Children in year 1 progress through phase 4 then spend most of the year working at phase 5 level (this is the longest phase in phonics).


Children in year 2 are expected to have achieved all of phase 5 and 6 by the end of the year.


We understand that not all children progress in this way and some of our children beyond year 2 continue to learn phonics. We ensure children who need this, get additional daily ‘keep up, not catch up’ phonics provision by a trained member of staff.


Hopefully, this information will help you access the parts of the video that are pertinent to your child’s current phonics development. We do advise you to watch the entire video as this will support you in seeing where your child’s progress will lead and how best to challenge their phonics further.

All about Phonics - a guide for parents

Useful Resources

We are very excited to be embarking on a new adventure with our phonics teaching and learning in school.

Read Write Inc is a well-established phonics programme that we know our children will love!

Please find a useful link below with a little more information for parents about our new programme.


Thank you for visiting our ‘Phonics & Reading’ webpage.


If you would like anything adding to this page, which you feel would help to support your child's phonics and reading at home, please do not hesitate to contact us!