At Coopers Lane we believe that the use of phonics is crucial in the teaching of early reading and writing. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which consists of six phases. These are ideally taught during the following years:
Nursery – Phase 1
Reception – Phase 1 (recap) 2, 3, 4
Year 1 – Phase 4, 5
Year 2 – Phase 5, 6
In Reception and KS1, our phonic sessions are taught in fast paced, short sessions where we practice our sounds using a variety of games and writing opportunities.
In each phase, the children are taught to recognise individual sounds, digraphs and trigraphs and in turn learn the corresponding letter names. The children then use these sounds to blend and write words.
Some words, which cannot be phonetically sounded out, are taught at each phase. These are ‘tricky words’ and are taught through sight recognition.
Please watch our Phonics Workshop video to find out more about phonics and how to support your child at home.