Phonics are the sounds that letters make and learning them helps children to decode words and begin to read and write. We teach children to read using synthetic phonics through the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. ‘Letters and Sounds' is organised in phases that build the complexity of the phoneme (smallest unit of sound) and graphemes (the letters used to write the sounds) taught.
We use a rich variety of resources to support this programme, including Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play, Songbirds and Phonics Bugs which enable us to adapt learning styles to meet the needs of the children in each class and group.
Children in Reception class learn phonics every day as a whole class, with individual teaching as support throughout the week. Year 1 and 2 children learn phonics every day and are grouped by their ability and stage of learning across three phonics groups.
All children who do not meet the required standard in the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1 have additional support through targeted interventions in Year 2, 3 and 4 as required. Further assessments may be required for children who have not met the standard by the end of Year 2.