Here at Salehurst CE Primary, we teach phonics sessions from Reception to Year 3 in discrete sessions, tailored to individual needs as children progress through the school. A range of resources is used, including Phonics Play, Letters and Sounds and Teach Your Monster to Read. Children learn actions alongside the sounds to support their knowledge. We recognise the importance of Phonics to support children’s reading and writing skills.
We use a range of resources, websites and games to enhance our teaching. We aim to instil a love of learning to read and write and feel this is achieved through active and engaging sessions which are delivered to our children. Children work through phases within differentiated phonics groupings, led by class teachers and teaching assistants. As children move through the phases, they learn the alternate spellings for each sound, for example ai / ay / a-e.
Although at present we have a bespoke phonics curriculum, based on Letters and Sounds, we have carried out extensive investigation into adopting a validated systematic phonics programme, following current government advice. We have selected the Fisher Family Trust Success for All as a comprehensive and straight forward scheme, which will enable teachers to communicate learning effectively to the children. We will carry out the relevant training during Terms 5 and 6, ready to implement this scheme in September 2022.
Our children’s enjoyment of phonics lessons is clear, leading to the success that is achieved by them. Our phonics results are consistently improving, with results higher than county and national average in the last validated assessments. The impact of our systematic and thorough teaching of phonics is seen in the children’s success and enthusiasm for reading and the application of their spelling and reading skills in all learning situations, as well as reading for pleasure at home and at school.