The Letters and Sounds programme is utilised in the Phase 1 (Nursery & Reception) to develop phonics awareness and is continued throughout Phase 2 (Y1 - Y3) to ensure a consistency of approach in phonics teaching and learning. In addition, ‘Jolly Phonics’ is used to complement the Letters and Sounds programme.
- The teaching is fun and multi-sensory and works at a fast pace.
- Our children begin with Letters and Sounds games to develop their listening skills and encourage them to explore sounds in speech.
- The first step in learning to read and write is to learn the letter sounds. These are the building blocks for making words, both written and spoken.
- The children are taught the letter sounds, rather than the letter names to prevent them getting muddled. Once their letter sounds are secure, they are introduced to the letter names and capital letters.
- Blending is another skill we teach the children. Blending is the ability to run sounds together to hear a word and is essential for reading.
- Once the children are confident with blending sounds together the children will be given their first individual reading book.
- Children also learn to read and write tricky words and are supported in broadening their vocabulary.
- In Key stage two, children have a short daily spelling lesson which is focused on developing different strategies for successful spelling and learning the different rules and patterns for spellings from the National Curriculum.
- Interventions are in place to support children, beyond Phase 2 (i.e. Y4+) who have yet to acquire a basic phonological understanding, e.g. Sound Training.