Learning to Read and Write
We teach daily Phonics lessons that are interactive, engaging and fun. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. Children are taught how to:
- Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
- Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make e.g. sh and ee
- Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word
Children can then use this knowledge to segment and blend new words that they hear or see.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way- starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex- it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
During your child’s first year at school, they will learn all phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. Children are also taught Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words. These are words that we cannot sound out (high frequency words or red words). We follow the FFT Success for All Phonics programme.
What is FFT Success for All Phonics?
FFT Success for All Phonics is a complete systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme that has been validated by the Department for Education.
Our ambition is to enable success for all children and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
Weekly Scope and Sequence- Reception and Year One
The Scope and Sequence for Success for All Phonics provides a weekly overview of our Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme.
Success for All Phonics is divided into 68 Steps, each lasting one week, with opportunities for regular review and consolidation of learning. Each Step has a corresponding GPC(s)* and a fully decodable Shared Reader that the children will read.
In the first term of Reception, children learn 3-4 GPCs per Step until vowel digraphs are introduced during Step 13, at which point they learn one GPC per week. For the first 12 Steps of the programme, the Shared Readers contain the previous week’s GPCs. Starting in Step 13, the Shared Readers include the focus GPC for the week.
Our Parent Portal supports Phonics and early Reading by giving parents and children the opportunity to enjoy the books together after they have been read in school.