At Greenland Community Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds document’s principles and practice across foundation stage and key stage one – this is supported by teachers using elements from Jolly Phonics and Read, Write Inc. Its aim is to help the children learn many of the phonics (sounds) used in the English language to assist both reading and writing. It has been tried and tested over many years and takes a systematic and structured approach to teaching phonics.
How does it work?
The children learn to decode by learning 44 sounds and matching letters/ letter groups; by learning to blend sounds to read words and by reading specially written books that include only the sounds that the children have been learning and therefore ensuring success as the children are never given anything that they can’t read. The English language has 44 phonemes (letter sounds), but more than 150 graphemes (the way the sound is written down) and therefore a very compex code. Through Read Write Inc., children are taught a simple code first before moving on to the complex code.
In conjunction to this, we also use Teach Your Monster to read and Phonics Play. Below you can find links to each website.
Teachers use summative assessment to inform effective provision for all children, using this to plan and deliver well differentiated lessons that engage and challenge all children within the lesson. This summative assessment should inform the rate at which children progress through the phases and secure a sound understanding of phonetics.
Phonics teaching continues in Year 1 and at the end of this year, the Phonics Screening Test (introduced by Department for Education in 2011) takes place to assess achievement in Phonics.
Helping Your Child With Reading
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