PHONICS AND EARLY READING
We have a daily phonics session in our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes following the Letters and Sounds document in Key Stage 1 and Song of Sounds in our Foundation Stage (we are currently going through a period of transition). Both these schemes provide 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 and spelling session.
From Reception, the children are taught in phonic phase groups that are appropriate to their level of learning. The children are monitored and assessed regularly and groupings are sorted accordingly.
In Key Stage 1 weekly 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 academic year to take part in their child’s phonic sessions as well as given guidance on how to support their children at home.