How do we teach phonics?
At Barwick in Elmet Church of England Primary School we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonics skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a staged approach.
The ability to read is within the reach of all children. For most children, the most effective way to learn this is through 'systematic synthetic phonics.’ We follow a ‘phonics first’ approach to teaching reading. Children learn the sounds (phonemes) that different graphemes (one or more letters) make, in daily phonics lessons. They then learn to blend and segment sounds to read and write words.
Our teaching and learning follows the progression of Letters and Sounds, organised into six phases, and enhanced to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.
We support the children’s application of phonics and reading by using reading books that help to embed the sounds they are currently learning or have already learnt.
For further information, please see our phonics presentation.