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At Flyford Flavell Primary School we use Twinkl Phonics to develop early reading skills. This scheme is approved by the Department for Education. Twinkl Phonics is a fully comprehensive, synthetic phonics teaching programme designed to be used with children from Nursery to Year 2. Delivered through the stories and adventures of Kit, Sam and the Twinkl Phonics family, the scheme builds and develops the skills and understanding children need to become effective, independent readers and writers.


Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing in which words are broken up into their smallest units of sound or ‘phonemes’. Children learn to associate a written letter or group of letters, known as ‘graphemes’, with each phoneme. Sounds are then built up or ‘blended’ together into words for reading or, conversely, whole words are broken down or ‘segmented’ into their sounds for writing.


The benefits of this approach are:
• children learn in an order which is well thought-out and allows them to progress
through stages as they are ready;
• teachers have a structure for planning and clear stages for assessing children, in
order to ensure progression and coverage;
• children can attempt new words working from sound alone;
• reading and writing become practices that are developed hand-in-hand.


Twinkl Phonics features six levels as part of its teaching sequence.


Twinkl Phonics Level

Number of Teaching Weeks

Recommended Year Group

Level 1



Level 2



Level 3



Level 4



Level 5


Year 1

Level 6


Year 2