St Mary’s uses the Read, Write, Inc. approach to teaching phonics. There is dedicated time every day for the teaching of phonics and there are planned opportunities for training with the phonics lead (Mr Page) to ensure consistency and efficiency in teaching phonics.
Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.
Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
Phonics is taught from Year R to Year 2. However, if there are children who are not secure in their sounds in KS2, a phonics intervention will be in place for them.