Throughout school we strive to encourage a rounded approach to reading where phonics skills are applied to increase fluency and improve comprehension. Our reading books are levelled to match the progression in phonics in order to offer children a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to challenge them at an appropriate level to ensure accelerated learning.
We follow a bespoke phoneme-led system that enables all children to make connections between the sounds they hear and the letters that represent these sounds. We have developed a consistent approach across the school that utilises a range of resources and pedagogy based on the Read Write Inc. system but is adapted to suit the needs of our pupils.
Daily phonics sessions are introduced in FS1, with a focus on listening games and distinguishing between sounds. We understand that these skills are vital and should continue to be developed throughout KS1 and KS2. This skill develops children’s abilities to listen to, make, explore and talk about sounds.
As children build up their knowledge of sounds they are able to apply their decoding skills to any unfamiliar word may it be real or nonsense. During lessons children practice their decoding skills by sounding out the letters in ‘alien words/ nonsense words’. Children are unable to rely on existing knowledge of real words, and instead have to use their grapheme-phoneme knowledge.
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