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How do we teach Phonics?

At St Mary’s, we believe that language is fundamental to all aspects of children’s home and school life. It is a subject in its own right but is also a key ingredient for gaining access to the whole school curriculum. Communication, both oral and written, is the key to educational progress. Through our literacy teaching, we aim to develop children's competence as listeners, talkers, readers and writers so that they can live, work and succeed in a literate world. All the skills of language enable children to participate fully as a member of society.

Our programme of phonics and word-recognition development begins as part of our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  In Reception, phonics is initially taught through introducing the phase 1 letter sounds and formation of letter shapes, using the Government approved Read Write Inc. resources and materials. Once children are secure in phase 1, they move onto phase 2 and then phase 3.  Phases support the children in blending, encoding and decoding, building their fluency, expression and letter formation as each stage is taught.  Towards the latter phases, children practise using their sound knowledge to write, focussing on using the taught sounds to spell accurately.

Each child in Reception and in Key Stage 1 takes home a decodeable reading book (book bag book), linked to the phonics sound that they are learning.  Parents are expected to read these books at home with their child and record this in their child's reading record, as a valued commitment to our home/school partnership.

To support parents we run an annual reading workshop, where we teach the sounds, share the phases and inform them of the expectations for the end of each Key Stage.

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