“Phonemic awareness lays the foundation for learning letters.”
Approaches to the teaching of phonics:
During the last academic year, despite the upheaval of the COVID19 pandemic our Year 2 children achieved 100% pass rate in their phonics check which is something we are incredibly proud of. Building on the success of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach to teaching phonics at Fishburn, this academic year we will be using the Department for Educations validated systematic synthetic phonics programme ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’. This scheme has been created in conjunction with teachers from approved DFE English Hubs as well as the Knowledge Schools Trust. The programme has been designed to ensure that all children learn to read well and make speedy progress.
In September 2021, we will be following the ‘Getting started’ programme in EYFS and Year 1 to ensure that the children are ready for the roll out of the scheme by the end of September. Across the Autumn Term 2021 phonics teaching will be happening daily in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 to ensure that our children are proficient readers. We also recognise that for some children reading quickly and for meaning does not come easy and so we ensure that there is appropriate, planned catch up available for those children who may require it as an intervention in KS1 and KS2.
Once materials for this programme have been fully released by OUP we will update this page with the planned progression sequence.
In the meantime please access the link below to find out more information about ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’.
To ensure that the teaching of phonics and reading remains a high priority at Fishburn, all children have access to high quality books, matched to their phonic ability from the Oxford Reading Tree phonics/reading scheme. This allows children to practise the new sounds and words they learn in class at home with parents. Our children will be listened to read by an adult every week and will have opportunities built in around their daily routine to practise their reading schools.
At home, we ask that parents support our teaching of phonics and reading by sitting down each evening and listening to your child read. We expect that children read at home at least 3 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.