“Phonemic awareness lays the foundation for learning letters.”
Approaches to the teaching of phonics:
At Fishburn, the teaching of phonic skills are embedded within the teaching of English in each class. Additional provision is made each day for children in EYFS to Year 2 using the Letters and Sounds approach to phonics. We also ensure that there is appropriate, planned catch up available for those children who may require it as an intervention in KS2. Phonological awareness is also taught discreetly to give children the foundations they need to acquire phonic skills. These comprise of learning different graphemes, focussing on oral and aural phonological skills and sight vocabulary. During these sessions’ children are also explicitly shown how to apply their developing skills to their writing. All children are grouped in accordance to their individual needs and are in letters and sounds phase appropriate groups.
At Fishburn we use the DFE approved Letters and Sounds programme which promotes the principles and practice of High Quality Phonics. Its purpose is to provide classroom professionals with a comprehensive system within which to teach reading, spelling and writing. Ideally, Letters and Sounds is introduced as early as Nursery with children accessing Phase one when they are ready. The programme then moves on through different age appropriate phases in Reception and KS1. Across the rest of the school, strong phonic foundations are built upon so that children can become competent and fluent readers.
All children have access to high quality books, matched to their phonic ability from the Oxford Reading Tree phonics/reading scheme. Children are expected to read at home at least 4 times per week and record this in their reading record. Staff check reading records daily. Please see more about our core reading offer on our reading page.