Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words. Children and staff also use Ruth Miskins’ Read, Write Inc resources.
Our daily phonics sessions in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
Children throughout the school are encouraged to read a varying range of books. Our reading schemes include: Storyworlds, Rapid Readers and Oxford Reading Tree.
Probably the easiest way to help your child is to read each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important, too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story!