Phonics, Reading And Writing

Phonics Resources

Phonics is delivered in school using "Letters and Sounds" .  Each year group works within particular phases. Click on the relevant year group/phase to access phonics resources they can use.

To see how the phonics sounds should be pronounced, please see Oxford Owl's Pure Sounds video.

You may also find the Phonics Play website useful.

Additionally, there is a great app called ‘Teach Your Monster to Read’ which is currently free to download from Wednesday 16th September until Tuesday 22nd September. The app is a not-for-profit app and is approved by the government's DfE Hungry Little Minds campaign and has been played by over 22 million children across the world. Once downloaded, there's nothing else to pay and if you want to play across a few devices, make sure you sign up for a free account at first.

Reading and Writing Resources

Tips For Getting Your Family Reading Together

Books To Support Wellbeing

Collins Big Cat e-books

West Berkshire Libraries e-books

Book Trust - Books and Reading

Book Trust - Bookfinder - Find Children's Books For Every Age

Recommended Reads By Year Group

Branching Out Book Recommendations

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

J.K. Rowling - The Ickabog

Puffin Activity Packs

Star Reviewer Competition

Pobble 365


It is important that the children continue to practise their spelling regularly at home. We have put together a range of fun and practical ideas for practising spellings from the statutory spelling lists. We have also included a guide to finding spelling activities on Purple Mash. 

Fun and Practical Spelling Practice for KS1

Years 1 and 2 Word Mat

Years 1 and 2 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 1 and 2 Spelling Activity Sheets

Fun and Practical Spelling Practice for KS2

Years 3 and 4 Word Mat

Years 3 and 4 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 3 and 4 Spelling Activity Sheets

Years 5 and 6 Word Mat

Years 5 and 6 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 5 and 6 Spelling Activity Sheets

Purple Mash Spelling Quizzes

Spelling Activities and Games Online


Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700


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