At Allen Edwards Primary School we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic programme from Nursery to Year 2. Our phonic skills begin with speaking and listening. We practise making sounds and listening to sounds. For example in Nuresry the children may go on a listening walk around the school, in the grounds, at the local park. We practise listening for sounds at the beginning, in the middle, and at the ends of words. We also practise blending sounds together verbally to make words. At the beginning of Reception, we begin teaching children single letter sounds. Children learn the sound and formation of each letter. As the children become more confident, we teach them how to put these single sounds together to read and write words. Throughout the year, we constantly reinforce the importance of correct formation of these letters, practising in different ways, such as using glitter, sand and play- dough. We also focus on high frequency words, such as home, we, look, I, where the children learn these by sight.
In Key Stage 1 the children continue to follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme enhanced and support with a wide range of resources such as whiteboard writing activities, card games, flash cards, interactive on-line and published games.
Phonics lessons happen daily and for around 20 minutes a day. We hold parent phonic sessions throughout the year to support parents in their understanding.