The teaching of Phonics is an integral part of the curriculum in both the Foundation and Key Stage 1 classrooms at High Ercall.
We follow the National phonics programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’, with support from other resources in class, where children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more. As the children grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound, eg ‘ee’ can be represented as ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘e-e’, ‘e’ … The teaching of phonics is of high priority to all teachers as it enables pupils to decode for reading and encode for spelling.
We ensure that our teaching of phonics is rigorous, structured and enjoyable. Children have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they are introduced to new phonemes, can practice and revise previous learning and have plenty of opportunities to apply the knowledge they have.
We use a range of multisensory strategies to enthuse and engage the children, including the use of interactive whiteboards, magnetic letters, speaking and listening, songs, rhymes and practical activities. Children work with pace and are encouraged to apply their knowledge across the curriculum with any reading or writing activities.
Alongside the teaching of Phonics, children have access to a language rich environment where they are able to apply their decoding skills and develop language comprehension in order to ‘read’.
When children join us at High Ercall, Mrs Caton, our Class 1 teacher meets with parents for a workshop to share our approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing, and how parents can support at home. This includes reading regularly, practising word cards and learning spellings when appropriate.
Resources from the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme are used to supplement daily teaching as an intervention for children who may need some additional support and focused teaching. This is run by a teaching assistant, following a programme of work matched to the needs of the children. Reading and phonic resources have been purchased to support this.
We have recently purchased an on line resource called Phonics Bug. All the children in Classes 1 and 2 have their own log in which is written in their reading diaries. These resources match reading books to phonics taught up to phase 5. Please read the attached document for support with logging in.