We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics as the prime approach to reading and writing. The children learn to hear sounds in words (phonemes) and represent these sounds using letters (graphemes). Phonics is taught as a daily discreet session to all children from Nursery – Y2. During these sessions the children work practically, playing games and completing fun activities to learn to decode words by segmenting and then blending the sounds together.
At the end of KS1 and through KS2 the children learn spellings through a ‘Support for Spelling’ programme. They investigate words and spelling patterns. All phonics and spelling lessons teach children knowledge and skills and teachers will assess their independent application across the curriculum as readers and writers.
During the school year we run sessions for parents where you have an opportunity to see how we teach phonics and can seek advice about how to help your child.
Parents benefit from workshops on phonics and many say they feel better equipped to help their children learn
- Ofsted 2010
The video below shows you the sounds that each of the phonemes make.