Phonics is the foundation of all children being able to become successful readers and writers. This is why here, at St Mary and All Saints Primary School, phonics underpins all areas of the curriculum from Reception, Key Stage One and up into Key Stage 2.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters (phonemes) or a combination of letters (diagraphs and trigraphs) are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete word. Children in Reception also use ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to go with the sounds.
Our daily phonics sessions across Reception and Key Stage 1 are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation and interactive teaching. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
At St Mary and All Saints, we use a synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds alongside the actions of Jolly Phonics. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise, revise, recall and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – These words are not easily segmented as the sounds differ to what the children would learn. These words are taught in isolation as they don’t follow a phontical rule and you can’t easily break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
Click here to download a Phonics Resource Pack.
Click here to view Phonics Training Presentation.