At Gainsborough we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to teach Phonics.
The children enjoy a multi-sensory, exciting approach to Phonics which ensures rapid progression and develops the essential skills of segmenting and blending which are crucial to reading and writing.
Phonics is taught daily for thirty minutes throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Children’s progress is closely monitored and the groupings for each phase are flexible. (An outline of what is taught at each phase can be found in the Phonics Overview Document.)
The children are formally assessed on their ability to decode (sound out) real and nonsense words at the end of year one. Please see attached leaflet for more information on the Phonics screening test.
Check out our videos and click on the link to play some phonics games.
Phonics continues daily for some children in Key Stage Two who require additional support.
Please see attached information to help you support your child with phonics at home.
If you require any more information about Phonics please feel free to speak to us.
Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Gainsborough we value phonics as a key life skill and understand its importance for academic success. We aim to create a love for reading, writing and spelling through the consistent approach of phonics teaching. We strive to teach children to read effectively and quickly, using the Letters and Sounds programme which includes teaching synthetic phonics, sight vocabulary, decoding and encoding words as well as spelling and accurate letter formation. We believe that teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is essential. These fundamental skills not only underpin the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.
Using the Letters and Sounds programme we teach children to:
To ensure consistency throughout the school ALL staff at Gainsborough follow a clear 5-part systematic phonics lesson structure where pupils revisit prior learning, are taught new graphemes/phonemes, practise together and apply what they have learnt.
Phonics is clearly linked with early reading with children receiving daily morning reads in small groups with an adult in year 1. Across Reception and Key stage one, pupils’ reading books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ability to read ‘tricky words’; so that they experience early reading success as well as consolidating the learning that takes place within the phonics lessons.
Attainment in phonics is measured by the National Phonics Screening Test at the end of year one.