Our primary aim is to develop children who are fluent enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and keen writers. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1) we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics’ scheme as well as ‘Jolly Phonics’. ‘Letters and Sounds’ provides activities and resources to support learning in phonics. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by age seven.
The children have a timetabled phonics lesson each day and are grouped according to the area of Letters and Sounds they are learning. These groups are fluid and flexible according to children’s progress and need. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learns. Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.
We use a multi-sensory approach in EYFS and KS1 and by using a blend of Jolly Phonics actions and Makaton gestures the children are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
Regular homework is set to reinforce and develop phonic skills taught in school and ‘Play Club Bags’ are sent home to help support learning.
In the Summer Term will take a Phonics Screening Check, this is a phonics based check where the children will be expected to read 40 simple, de-codable words including nonsense words. This is a progress check to identify those children not at an expected level in their reading. The results will be reported to parents. Children will be rechecked in Year 2 if they do not reach the expected level.
Each year there is at least 1 session for parents on ‘Letters and Sounds’. Further details about ‘Letters and Sounds’, ‘Jolly Phonics’ and Makaton can be accessed at: