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Children at St. Nicholas are taught  a topic based curriculum. This year we have reviewed our curriculum looking at how links between subjects can be made. To engage the children fully with their learning , we have developed an enquiry based approach - all topics are centred around a question. Please click on the link to open the whole school curriculum map. 

Classes produce halftermly newsletters where further information about the topics is provided. Should you require and other details, please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher.

At Newchurch St. Nicholas we believe that there is more to coming to school than just sitting in a classroom.

School years should be filled with fun, memorable events and it is with this in mind that we have created a ‘Passport’ that we will aim to complete with our pupils during their time with us.

Please click on the link to view the passport



At Newchurch St Nicholas, we teach phonics using the government recommended programme called, ‘Letters and Sounds’.

‘Letters and Sounds’ is a fast paced, clearly progressed phonic programme that takes children through six phases.

Children progress through the phases at different speeds. In order to make this learning relevant to all children, we have grouped them according to the phase they are at.

Phonics is taught in daily twenty five minute sessions before lunch. A variety of short activities make up these sessions. Phonics at Newchurch is as interactive and engaging as possible to enable all children to access the work.

In Reception we also use Jolly Phonics materials to support this and a Sound of the Day is sent home daily during the first term. 

Below is a list of the different sounds and tricky words your child will be taught at each learning phase.

In Phase 2 children will be practising blending sounds for reading and learning to read tricky words. 

If you require any further information please speak to your child’s class teacher.


Phase 1:

Children are encouraged to listen to sounds in their environment. 

Ask your child questions e.g. ‘What can you hear? How do you know?’

Phase 2:

The following sounds are taught...

Set 1: s a t p

Set 2: i n m d

Set 3: g o c k

Set 4: ck e u r

Set 5: h b f,ff l,ll ss 

         The children learn one set per week and are taught to blend sounds as they learn them.


Phase 3:

Set 6: j v w x

Set 7: y z,zz qu 

The following graphemes are taught...

                      ch sh th (as in that) th (as in think)

ng (as in strong) ai(as in paid) ee (as in week) igh (as in night)

oa (as in coat) oo (as in wood) oo (as in moon) ar (as in car)

 or(as in torn) ur (as in turn) ow (as in cow) oi (as in coin)  ear

(as in ear) air (as in air) ure (as in sure) er (as in her)  

Phase 4:

Children are taught to blend and segment a variety of words, shown below

Consonant Vowel Consonant Consonant words eg. Tent

CCVC words eg. Frog

CCVCC words eg. Crisp

CCCVCC words eg. Shrink


Phase 5:

Children are taught the alternative spellings for the sounds they learned in Phase 3.

ay day oy boy wh when a-e make ou out ir girl ph photo e-e these ie tie ue blue ew new i-e like ea eat aw saw oe toe o-e home au Paul u-e rule

Teaching alternative sounds for spellings:

i fin, find

ow cow, blow

y yes, by, very

o hot, cold

ie tie, field

ch chin, school, chef

c cat, cent

ea eat, bread

ou out, shoulder, could, you

g got, giant

er farmer, her

u but,

a hat, what

              Phase 6

Mainly concerns itself with teaching spelling. We follow the No Nonsesnse Spelling approach at Newchurch St Nicholas. More information can be found on the spelling page. 

  • We look at how to use and spell past tense words 
  • We learn rules to help us make correct spelling choices  
  • We learn how to add suffixes eg, ed, ing, ly, est, ful, s, es,            
  • We learn how to proof read. 

Some useful websites for all phonics phase games can be found at:




Spelling :  file (574.5k)

At Newchurch St Nicholas we use the No Nonsense approach to spelling. Further information can be found on the attached documents.