Our approach to teaching phonics at St. Bernadette’s is through using

‘Supersonic Phonic Friends.’ 

This programme is a fully systematic, synthetic phonic approach ranging from the simple to the complex spellings of the alphabetic code.

Supported by the Supersonic Phonic friends characters, this approach will ensure children develop confidence and apply each skill to their own reading and writing.

Please visit the website for more information and to meet the characters!



The Supersonic Phonic Friends characters all have special jobs to do throughout the sessions to support the children’s phonics in different ways. The children remember the characters and enjoy completing Supersonic Phonic Jobs.

Who Is Who And What They Do

Implementation – What is taught when…

The tables below give an overview of what is taught at each stage of Phonics.

Parent Newsletters

Our Parent Newsletters show what our children learn about in each Phonics Phase.

The Basics 2

The Basics 3

The Basics 4

Choose To Use – Higher Level

Switch It – Higher Level

Phonics Screening Check.

The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment completed at the end of Year 1. It takes place in June. It is a Statutory Requirement to carry out the screening check.

It enables schools to identify children who need additional help to improve their reading skills. Children who do not ‘pass’ the check in Year 1 are able to re-take it in Year 2.

The check is a short, simple screening check which consists of a list of 40 words and pseudo words (non-words), which the child reads one-to-one with their class teacher.

Using Supersonic Phonic Friends, children are well used to reading these real and non real words with our character Nonsense Nan. This activity is embedded into our lessons from Reception moving into Year 1 and supports the children to become confident at this skill.