Phonics

  • The teaching of phonics is based upon the curriculum guidance in the DFES Letters and Sounds document. We also use the actions prescribed in Jolly Phonics alongside this guidance to help reinforce sounds for children.  We conduct discrete daily phonics teaching sessions in single phase groups from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 based on the model of review, teach, practise and apply.  These lessons cover a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, games, singing, modelling and practical activities / resources leading to high quality phonic sessions being delivered by all staff.

    Children are encouraged to use their phonics skills across the curriculum in all subjects and not just in their discrete phonic sessions. Also the correct modelling of the articulation of the phonemes is something all staff- both Teachers and TA’s are frequently ensuring is occurring in their day to day teaching. The school reading book system in Early Years and KS1 is also matched to the phonic phases the children are learning to further embed their phonics understanding. Children in Early Years follow the Oxford Reading Tree and Phonics bug reading scheme and in KS1 children follow the Phonic bug and Rigby Star reading schemes. 

    We also follow an intervention programme throughout school to ensure children who need extra support are targeted in their phonics. This is the Rapid Phonics scheme and is used in KS1 and ks2. 

    Our Phonics Policy can be found here.

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