In reception, we begin our phonics journey by consolidating the learning that will have already taken place in a nursery or preschool. Children will be supported to recognise a range of sounds; environmental, instrumental, rhyme and alliteration as well as some initial letter sounds they may have learnt.
We will then begin a daily timetable of whole class phonics that begin by introducing children to individual letter sounds using the Cbeebies Alphablocks programmes and then moving onto more complex vowel and consonant diagraphs and trigraphs. We use a range of strategies and programmes to teach phonics to ensure that children are engaged and enjoy the sessions. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme of phonics teaching and this is continued through Key Stage 1 in Sycamore Class.
We also teach our phonics in groups depending on attainment so that we can deliver focused teaching at the right level to ensure all children are supported and can make good progress.
I have uploaded a video that demonstrate the correct 'pure' pronunciation of these sounds so that you will be able to support your child when they bring a reading book home to share with you, as well as some useful documents relating to phonics.
All the information relating to the way we teach reading can be found in the 'Early Years Reading' section on the class pages.
Please speak to me if you have any queries or questions.
Mrs S Dryden