We have a daily phonics session in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 classes following the ‘Song of Sounds’ scheme. This scheme provides a synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and supports both the development of children’s reading and writing skills. Children in Key Stage 2 also have a daily phonics / spelling session.
Children are taught as a whole class to ensure all children hear, learn and have experience of the phonics programme for their year group. Some children benefit from additional overlearning, consolidation and practise at other times supported by highly skilled adults.
In Key Stage 1, spellings are based on the current week’s teaching and contain both tricky and decodable words.
In Key Stage 2, weekly spellings are linked to the spelling rules and patterns that are being taught in addition to topic words or words that are commonly misspelt.
Parents are key partners in our approach to phonics and spelling and are invited into school during the first academic year to take part in their child’s phonic sessions as well as given guidance on how to support their children at home.