At Coopers Lane we believe that the use of phonics is crucial in the teaching of early reading and writing. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which consists of six phases. These are ideally taught during the following years:

Nursery – Phase 1

Reception – Phase 1 (recap) 2, 3, 4

Year 1 – Phase 4, 5

Year 2 – Phase 5, 6

In Reception and KS1, our phonic sessions are taught in fast paced, short sessions where we practice our sounds using a variety of games and writing opportunities.

In each phase, the children are taught to recognise individual sounds, digraphs and trigraphs and in turn learn the corresponding letter names. The children then use these sounds to blend and write words.

Some words, which cannot be phonetically sounded out, are taught at each phase. These are ‘tricky words’ and are taught through sight recognition.

Please watch our Phonics Workshop video to find out more about phonics and how to support your child at home.


Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 5:45pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michael – Admin Assistant

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant