At South Bersted Church of England Primary school we strive to ensure all children become fluent readers and confident writers by the end of Key Stage 1. To do this children need to have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. For this to develop fully our aim is for children to
- Enjoy playing with words and sounds
- Develop good aural discrimination, phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness
- Learn to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language
- Be able to blend sounds to read words
- Be able to segment sounds to spell words
Our approach to the teaching of phonics is lively, interactive and investigative. We follow the phased structure of the Letters and Sounds programme supported by the multi-sensory approach of the Jolly phonics scheme and the interactive elements of Phonics Bug.
Each session is taught using the four part lesson structure of Review, Teach, Practise and Apply.
Children are encouraged to use their phonic skills across all curriculum subjects. All teachers and teaching assistants model the correct articulation of the phonemes. Links are made to reinforce phonic sounds learnt in displays where possible and in topic related vocabulary.
We aim to ensure all children acquire sound phonic skills through the provision of a variety of learning opportunities. Careful thought will be given to the provision of appropriately structured work for children with SEN, often through intervention groups. The school has a variety of strategies to enable all children to have appropriate access to the curriculum through multi-sensory, visual, auditory and kinaesthetically planned phonics sessions. Where children have strong phonic skills, the level of challenge will be adapted as appropriate to their specific needs.