Phonics and Early Reading.
Our approach to Phonics
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds and the symbols that represent them. As phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to read and write, we introduce children early to the Letters and Sounds programme, using it to structure our phonics teaching. Initially our approach is with pupils enjoying regular phonics sessions from 2 years old. The Letters and Sounds Phonics programme helps the children remember the phonemes (what the letter sounds like) and the graphemes (what the letter looks like). All of the sounds of the English language are taught in a particular order known as phases. There are a total of 6 phases in the Letters and Sounds programme.
Children are taught to blend (merge the sounds of a word together) and segment (break the words up into sounds) words which will then help them with their reading and spelling. Spellings are linked to the sounds the children have been learning that week. However some words cannot be segmented or blended and these are known as tricky words.
How children are taught phonics at New Pasture Lane
At New Pasture Lane, phonics is taught using the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' revised programme, throughout EYFS, Key Stage 1 and into Year 3. We also have tailored catch-up sessions in all of Key Stage 2 to revisit any gaps in the pupil’s knowledge using a range of intervention programmes such as Reciprocal Reading and Literacy Catch-Up. Every class runs a daily, time-tabled session for 20 minutes with games, songs and activities matched to the particular phase each class is learning.