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Phonics Teaching

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. It is a first step on the road to reading.

Children are taught to:

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes.
  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make.
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

In Foundation daily phonics is taught through Jolly Phonics using the 4-part lesson structure:

Revise – briefly practice what has been taught the previous day.

Teach – new phoneme/grapheme, blending and segmenting skills.

Practise – what has been taught.

Apply – link the skill to reading or writing.

This method continues throughout KS1 using the progressive phases of Letters and Sounds. Children are assessed regularly using a diagnostic spelling test to assess individual needs.

In KS2, a progressive spelling programme, linked to Letters and Spelling Bank is in place to support the teaching of spelling.