Phonics and Reading

Our Academy have adopted the Letters and Sounds Scheme to teach our phonics.

Letters and Sounds is a six phase programme designed to help teach children to read and spell with phonics.

Phase One

The aim of this phase is to foster children’s speaking and listening skills as preparation for learning to read with phonics. Parents can play a vital role in helping their children develop these skills, by encouraging their children to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do.

Phase Two-Four

Phase Two is when systematic, high quality phonic work begins. During Phase Two to Four, children learn:

*How to represent each of the 42 sounds by a letter or sequence of letters

*How to blend sounds together for reading and how to segment (split) words for spelling

*Letter names e.g. through an alphabet song.

*How to read and spell some high frequency ‘tricky’ words containing sounds not yet learnt (e.g. they, my, her, you).

Phase 5

Children learn new ways of representing the sounds and practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.

Phase 6

During this phase, children become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

We have a number of reading resources to support our teaching of reading. Our main scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. We also use a variety of other resources, depending on the needs of the child. Each class has a book area where children can access ‘real’ books and we also have our own library from which the children can borrow books.

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