Phonics and Early Reading

Wide-ranging research shows that teaching phonics is the most effective approach for building early reading skills in Reception and Year 1. To allow our pupils to develop a strong phonic awareness, with the ability to blend and decode confidently, we have chosen to use a DfE validated synthetic phonics programme called Essential Letters and Sounds.

This systematic programme which gives opportunities for children to apply their developing knowledge through workbooks directly linked to the programme. As the children learn new graphemes (a letter or letters that represent a sound), they are given regular opportunities to apply their knowledge in context by reading books that are matched to content taught and their knowledge. Our reading curriculum promotes confidence by enabling children to read and re-read texts, developing decoding and comprehension skills as well as inspiring a love of reading.

Support to catch up

We monitor pupils closely through observations and assessment, identifying those who require further challenge or need additional support to keep up. Essential Letters Sounds has three interventions. These are: Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence GPCs, Blending for Reading and Oral Blending. Interventions are carefully planned through the regular assessment and monitoring of children's progress.

Supporting children by reading with them at home consolidates their learning in school but also encourages lifelong reader habits. Whether this is early reading and supporting children to segment and blend using their developing phonological knowledge or supporting children with broadening their vocabulary and reading increasingly complex texts. Reading underpins children's access to learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Phonics Resources For Supporting At Home
Videos to support accurate pronunciation of sounds
Grapheme information sheets for supporting learning at home