The teaching of phonics is an integral part of the curriculum across the school from Foundation Stage through to KS1 and KS2. We use a mixture of approaches to teach phonics from Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play. Using these provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven.
As the children grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound. The teaching of phonics is very important to our staff as it enables pupils to decode for reading and encode for spelling. We all teach the session at the same time slot and this allows children to move from different classrooms and year groups into their appropriate phase. We teach from Phase 2 to Phase 6.
We ensure that our teaching of phonics is rigorous, structured and enjoyable. Children have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they are introduced to new phonemes, can practise and revise previous learning and have plenty of opportunities to apply the knowledge they have using the ‘Revise, Teach, Practise and Apply’ structure to each Phonics session.
Both Teaching Assistants and Teaching staff teach phonics in our school to enable smaller, focused groups.
Our staff use a range of multisensory strategies to enthuse and engage the children, including the use of interactive whiteboards, games, magnetic letters, speaking and listening, songs, rhymes and practical activities. Children work with pace and are encouraged to apply their knowledge across the curriculum with any reading or writing activities.