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 Open morning: Saturday 17th October 9.00am- 12.00pm

Open afternoon: Wednesday 18th November 3.40pm - 6.30pm 

Show arounds are by appointment only. Please phone the school office to book. 

A guide for parents 

To find out more, please follow the link below. 

Ofsted Parents Guide



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E-safety Information 

For a wide range of information about keeping your child safe online visit the thinkuknow website. 

NSPCC have also teamed up with O2 to create a new, helpful app called Net Aware to help keep us up to date with new social media networks.


Contact the school

Julie Clayton- Head of School 

The Delamere C of E Academy
Stoney Lane
Tel: 01829 707 979

Out of hours emergency contact
Tel: 07795 246541


Phase 4

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Phase 3

Once children are secure in the 19 letters introduced in phase 2 and are able to segment and blend words confidently they begin to learn phase 3 sounds and tricky words.

The phase contains individual sounds, digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraphs (three letters making one sounds). The digraph’s and trigraph’s introduced contain vowel and consonant sounds, for example the trigraph /igh/ or the digraph /ai/.

A further twelve tricky words are introduced during the phase to help with children’s reading as they progress through the book bands.

Download this file (Phase3ExampleWordLists.pdf)Phase 3 example word list[ ]100 kB

Phase 2

Within phase 2 letters and tricky words (words that cannot be blended) begin to be introduced.

Letters are introduced within a set and allow children to be able to read simple words quickly. As the letters are introduced to children they will practise reading and writing them, focusing on the correct letter formation.

The letters are introduced through a range of interactive games such as buried treasure hunting for words, finding hidden words in the outdoor area or using sand and paint to practise letter formations.

At Delamere, phonics lessons take place in the morning with children sitting as a whole group for the first section of the lesson and then splitting off into focused groups for the second half, they last approximately 20 minutes. Towards the end of the phase digraphs (two letters making one sound) begin to be introduced, for example the /ss/ sound or /ff/ sound.

Download this file (Phase2ExampleWordLists.pdf)Phase 2 Example Word List[ ]98 kB

Phase 1

The first phase of letters and sounds concentrates on children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundation for all phonics learning. The phase contains seven aspects:

  • Environmental sound discrimination
  • instrumental sound discrimination
  • body percussion rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting

Through activities such as listening walks, using musical instruments, action songs and rhyming books, children explore all seven aspects of the phase.



Phase 5

Phase 5a

This phase introduces new GPCs (grapheme phoneme correspondences) as outlined below.

Five of these are known as split vowel digraphs, a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e and u_e. Split vowel digraphs are two letters that make one sound, but are not directly next to each other. 

Phase 5b

During this phase children are introduced to the idea that some graphemes can be pronounced in more than one way.

For example: 'a' can make a short sound in hat, and a long sound in acorn.

This is helpful in reading. Encourage your child to sound out the obvious pronunciation of a grapheme and blend the word. If it does not sound right, suggest they try an alternative pronunciation.

The table below outlines the alternative pronunciations

Phase 5c

This part of phase 5 is designed to teach children that there are more than one spelling for some phonemes. This part of phonics takes time and can be confusing. Children are taught 'best bet' rules to help them have a good go at spelling in their independent writing. The children play lots of games, including word sorts to support them learning the rules. It is also important to know that some phonemes do not have a best bet rule. In these cases children are to become familiar with the most common words available.

Download this file (Phase5aExampleWordLists.pdf)Phase 5a Example Word List[ ]109 kB


https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1456382/f835/ Wellbeing Survey for Year 5 and 6 Pupils

If you require any support or would like to find out more about Mental Health and Wellbeing, please use the links below. Thank you. 

Kelsall Medical Centre


Young Minds

NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing



Wellbeing Award For Schools


New Child and Adolescent Mental Health website for young people, parents/carers and teachers across Cheshire and Wirral

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) nationally recognised Child and Adolescent Mental Health website MyMind has been refreshed and relaunched in time for this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October).


It is: https://www.mymind.org.uk/ 


Please click on any of the links below to see what we have been up to! 

Hatchmere Mental Health Week

Oakmere Mental Health Week

Sandymere Mental Health Week

Blakemere Mental Health Week

Nunsmere Mental Health Week

Pickmere Mental Health Week

Linmere Mental Health Week



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Merry Cakey Christmas

Last week, the children had heaps of fun making their very own Christmas Cakes- They were a Triumph!

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