Our approach to the teaching of Phonics follows letters and sounds and utilises Jolly Phonics.
Phonics sessions follow a four-part format.
The first part is the 'review' stage which allows children to review and revisit previously learnt sounds and words. Within the review section all, or a selection, of the previously taught sounds are reviewed and children are encouraged to say the sounds independently.
They then are taught new sounds during the 'teach' part of the session and during the subsequent 'practice' part of the session children have an opportunity to practice and try out the sound(s).
The final part of the session allows children to 'try out' the sound(s) and apply these newly taught sound(s) in context.
Within the 'practice' and 'apply' parts there are activities built in so they can practice decoding and encoding the written sounds and words. Handwriting is also reinforced and taught through phonics.
Outside of discrete phonics sessions children are given opportunities for applying phonetic applications such as at the start of grammar sessions or looking at things like suffixes.
Our provision aims to provide opportunities for the reinforcement of phonic practice and application. Time is also spent looking at alternative graphemes and build understanding for children to make the best choice of these in what they read or write.
In F2 and KS1 there is a weekly tricky words session which is where they are taught non-decodable (common exception words).
We assess phonics wider than just the annual screening check. We have detailed trackers in place for all phonic phases which don't just test their ability to segment and blend but also to write the sound.
In Y2 we provide targeted interventions for any pupils who do not pass the Y1 screening check and their progress is tracked throughout the year.
In Y3 for any pupils who have not yet passed their screening check we continue to provide them interventions to build their word reading. Dependent on their individual needs this can be additional phonics support or alternatively it can be to move them towards sight reading and a whole word approach. We continue to track these pupils either on the phonics tracker or on a individual basis as required.
Below you will find our Phonics Booklet which is a guide for parents and carers, as well as an overview of progression in phonics.