Our approach to teaching phonics in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics as well as Jolly Phonics. We have a multisensory approach in EYFS and by using Jolly Phonics the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
Letters and Sounds provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven’
Throughout EYFS and KS1, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. The children are taught to apply their phonic skills as they read, as well as their knowledge of high frequency words such as ‘what’ and ‘there’. They are taught to ‘read for meaning’; thus developing comprehension skills and encouraging dialogue about what has been read.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme until the children are ’free readers’ and able to select their own reading material. In addition we have banded books from a range of schemes for the children to read at home.