Primary Phonics

The benefits of studying Lower Primary Phonics

Our Primary Phonics course is designed for Wolsey Hall students in Year 2 and Year 3 who have gaps in their phonics understanding. These children may find spelling difficult and take more time to read longer words. It is also an ideal supplementary phonics program for children who are in Year 1 and are studying in a school other than Wolsey Hall. However, please note this course is only available to students studying at least one of our non-short courses as well.

This course follows a systematic approach to teaching children synthetic phonics. It teaches children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Phonics involves pairing the 44 sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Understanding phonics will help children to read unknown words and to know which letters to use when they are writing words. This course is a self-study course in Phonics. It does not include assignments or the allocation of a Tutor.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of Primary subjects

Our primary phonics course if designed to help students learn the sounds of letters

Key topics covered:

Our phonics course includes structured, systematic and sequential skills-based lessons.

Our aim in the teaching of phonics is to enable your child to:

  • Know all the different ways a sound can be represented in the English language.
  • Blend sounds all the way through a word in order to read it.
  • To split words into their separate sounds to allow them to spell with increased accuracy.
  • Build confidence when reading and spelling.

The syllabus and hours of study

  • Allow 5 hours per week of teaching and learning time for you and your child to complete the Phonics Course. However, the course has been designed to allow for additional hours per week if you want to accelerate the learning of phonics. 
  • Your child should be able to complete the course in 9 months.
Our primary phonics course will help children with both reading and spelling

Course sample

Our primary phonics course helps children to blend letters

Lower Primary Phonics

Course Fees

Zacharias really wants to read. He keeps showing up with books pointing at words and letters. He also starts writing by himself things he names. Like his famous dinosaurs. It isn’t the correct spelling, but he gets closer and closer to it. Something we as parents have been waiting for a long time. Once he can read and write, the world is his.
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Maria Isabel Carillo – Primary Homeschooling Parent


I’m most impressed that Lily can now start to read and write thanks to Wolsey Hall college. I think she is now well ahead of her class mates. We live in South East Asia and my daughter is 5.5 yrs old. Her school was closed during the China Virus lockdown for several months. We have nearly finished Part 1 – 12 week lessons in English and Maths. English is not my daughters ‘mothers tongue’ as such; and before starting the course she could not read any words and could only write basic words. At week 12 I’m very impressed with her as she can now read and write so well. Nearly every lesson there’s a lot of practice with ‘blending’ words for reading and ‘splitting’ sounds for spelling. It really works and she enjoys it as well. The Maths lessons are also good with many different teaching techniques. All resources can be downloaded and thus the guided teaching is easy to follow. Highly recommend this homeschooling college.
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Tim D – Primary Homeschooling Parent


The Wolsey Hall approach to reading and phonics is especially well designed. Wolsey approaches learning letter sounds in “layers”. This has made it possible for our daughter to learn to read in a matter of weeks without being overwhelmed. We find it remarkable that our 4 year old daughter is reading small books all on her own with confidence and enjoying it very much.
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Correne Hankins – Primary Homeschooling Parent


My daughter’s reading has improved so much, that I’m amazed daily how well she can read. I really like the way the course is designed to teach phonics and graphemes. It gives my daughter confidence to try herself to write new words. She does not ask me anymore for help.
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Monika Gaehler – Primary Homeschooling Parent