Phonics and Spelling
At Hadlow Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds progression of sounds to teach Phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught how to recognise the sounds each individual letter makes and to identify the sounds that different contributions of letters make such as ‘sh’ and ‘oo’. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way, starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to more complex sounds, it is the most effective way of teaching children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5‐7. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go onto read any kind of text fluently and confidently and for enjoyment.
In EYFS and KS1 we teach daily Phonics for 20 minutes at least through engaging activities which have taken some elements from the Read, Write, Inc. programme. Once the children are secure with their Phonics (in Year 2 and beyond) the children move on to a spelling focus, which is also taught for 20 minutes a day across the school. This follows the No Nonsense Spelling scheme of work and spellings are sent home weekly linked to the learning in class.