At All Hallows’, we follow the DfE ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for teaching phonics in school. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sound together to make a word. Children are taught to apply the skill of segmenting (breaking up) words into phonemes to spell and that blending and segmenting is a reversible process. We do this through a daily teaching session in Reception, Years One and Two alongside integrating phonics in cross curricular activities throughout the day.
We work through six phases from Reception to Year Two. Phonics instruction continues in Year Three and beyond for children who have been identified as needing additional phonics teaching.
For those children who are falling behind in their phonics teaching we use DFE approved 1:1 interventions for our lowest 20% of pupils. Other pupils who are falling behind take part in same day intervention as a group or as 1:1.
For further information about our teaching of phonics please see our phonics handbook and our phonics presentation below.
There are a number of you tube videos that have been produced by the DFE to support the remote teaching of phonics during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can also use these at home to support the schools teaching of phonics with your child. Please click here to be take to the relevant YouTube page.