Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds and symbols that represent them. 

At Southern Road we use a variety of ways to teach phonics and we have developed our own phonics scheme of work tailored to meet the needs of our children.  In Nursery this primarily focuses on Phase One of the DfE letters and sounds document.  Phase One encourages children to listen to different sounds in the environment and explore noises that they can hear. When children are ready (usually towards their final term in Nursery) Phase Two will be introduced.  Phase Two introduces the initial letter sounds in groups (e.g. s,a,t,p,i,n).  A range of methods including songs with actions, writing in the air and in sand are used to reinforce the learning.

In Reception we further embed the learning of the initial sounds using kinaesthetic as well as visual methods which helps children to progress in reading and writing.  Once children have mastered their initial sounds, skills such as blending and segmenting are taught.  We base our resources loosely on the Read Write Inc. programme of teaching synthetic phonics.  This is then continued as the children progress throughout Key Stage One.

Children are taught at their own level and resources are therefore matched appropriately to the needs of the children.  Speed sound charts are used rigorously to ensure all sounds are taught throughout Key Stage One.  Any children who are new to the school will have their phonics level assessed and then have their needs catered for.  Half termly assessments devised by Southern Road are used to assess children’s progress and these are then used to inform teachers’ planning and provide children with their next steps in learning.

Further information can be found here:

(call it: Things you can do at home)

(call it: DfE Letters and Sounds)

(call it: Learning to Read)