Our approach to learning phonics in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics as well as Jolly Phonics. We have a multisensory approach in EYFS and by using Jolly Phonics the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
Letters and Sounds provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven. Letters and Sounds is continued in KS2 (Key Stage 2), where necessary, and then the children follow the ‘Searchlights’ scheme for spelling. The teaching of spelling in KS2 is also supplemented by other resources, including ‘Support for Spelling’ and focuses predominantly on the development of spelling rules and patterns which are then encouraged to be practised within extended writing opportunities across the curriculum.
Throughout the school, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression within their reading. In the EYFS and KS1 we use the popular and well- established Oxford Reading Tree scheme, alongside some other schemes such as ‘Jelly and Bean’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’, as well as a range of books by popular authors.
As pupils move into KS2 there are some children who continue to read Oxford Reading Tree books but in order to learn more advanced deduction and inference skills a wider range of books by popular authors is available.
Our pupils learn through a creative curriculum which provides them with the skills to research a theme using a variety of non-fiction texts.