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Phonics & Early Reading

We follow the 'Letters & Sounds' phonics programme introduced by the DfES in 2007
We have elected to follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and the principles of this are applicable throughout the school. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

All children in Foundation and Key Stage One have daily phonics based on this programme. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games where the emphasis is on children’s active participation. In Key Stage Two, Letters and Sounds continues until children are ready to move into a complementary program, Support for Spelling.

Some words in the English language cannot be broken down using phonics. These words are known as tricky words and we teach the children to be able to read and instantly know the whole word, for example, ‘said’ or ‘what’.