At Applegarth Primary School, we believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.
We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading and writing.
Our phonics teaching begins in Reception and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they may discover.
At Applegarth, we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
All teaching staff, learning support assistants and senior leaders at Applegarth Primary have been fully trained in the delivery of Letters and Sounds: Certificate of Completed Training.
At Applegarth School, we are passionate about ensuring all our pupils are given plenty of opportunity to read for pleasure and develop a lifelong love of reading. It is for this reason that all our early readers will bring home a Read to Me book which is a text chosen by the child for sharing, enjoyment, engagement and togetherness. Our Read to Me books have been carefully curated by staff in order to promote a love of literature and embed a rich literary base within school. Pupils are free to change these books as many times as they want.
Parent and Carer Guides from Letters and Sounds
Parent and Carer Support for the Y2 Phonics Screening Check 2020
Useful Documents to Support at Home
Phonics Glossary: an explanation of key terms for the teaching and learning of phonics
Top Tips for Phonics at Home: further support for adults working at home with children for phonics and early reading.
Developing a Love of Reading at Home
Recommended Resources to Support Learning at Home
Remote learning and catch up
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