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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage



“Synthetic phonics offers the vast majority of young

children the best and most direct route to becoming

skilled readers and writers”

Sir Jim Rose, Rose Review of Reading 2006


Early reading skills are taught through a synthetic phonics approach at Hilltop.  We begin to introduce Phonics using the Letterland resources.  In Nursery, children are introduced to the Letterland friends and learn the sounds that single letters make.  In Reception, we follow the Letters and Sounds sequence of introducing letters so that children can rapidly explore blending to build words. Our Early Reading texts follow this sequence of sounds.


All children in Team Woodland have a personal Letterland login to practise skills and play phonics games at home.  Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have lost the login details.


We offer workshops during the year to guide parents and carers in supporting their children's development of Phonics and early reading skills.  Unfortunately we are not currently able to invite parents of pupils in Key Stage 1 to join their children for our usual weekly fun practical session to practise Phonics and Grammar skills each Friday morning.