Phonics and Early Reading
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. Children learn to match the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Learning phonics helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. As children learn, they develop their ability to decode words as they read and encode sounds, which helps children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
We teach phonics from their first few days in school, through ‘Little Wandle’ Letters and Sounds Revised Scheme, which is a government accredited systematic, synthetic phonic teaching programme. The phonic programme exceeds the expectations of the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals with clearly defined expectations set out term by term.
Intent and Progression
The phonic progression identifies the grapheme phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and tricky words taught every week. A new sound is taught on four days of the week, with a review of the sounds taught for the week on the fifth day.
The programme of study aims for...
Lessons follow the format of:
Keep Up Lessons
Application of Phonics to Reading
All our reading books used in Reception and Year One are aligned to Little Wandle Letters and Sounds and are fully decodable, following the progression in our phonic programme. When selecting a book for a child to read, we ensure that it is carefully matched to the letter-sound correspondences they have learnt, so they can confidently, and effectively, apply their phonic knowledge. Children continue to be taught phonics until they become fluent readers.
In Key Stage 1, there are two or three group reading practice sessions each week. In these sessions we teach the application of reading skills.
The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:
Each reading practice session will begin with a pacey review of graphemes, tricky words and practice of fluent reading of words which will appear in the specifically matched book. The children will read the same book in each of the sessions and aims to develop reading fluency. They will then have a copy of the book to read at home to ensure success is shared with their family.
Children who are not yet blending confidently, have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books. As soon as they are able to blend they will begin reading practice sessions.