Phonics is the first strategy our children are taught to help them learn to read. Words are made up from small units of sound (phonemes) and phonics teaches children to listen carefully to, and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps them to read and spell words.
At St Francis Primary School phonics is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum, using the progression from Letters and Sounds as our guide. A key element in our phonics teaching is that practice across school is consistent. Differentiated, daily teaching in small groups allows for all children to participate fully. A lively pace keeps all the children fully engaged.
Information for parents, to further explain elements of phonics:
Phonics is taught alongside a wide range of other methods to help our children develop vital reading skills and to provide them with a love of reading, which will hopefully stay with them for life.
Each child's reading journey begins in the EYFS where phonics is introduced. As children progress through school and their phonetic awareness develops, reading books from the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins reading schemes are introduced to consolidate these skills.