How is Phonics taught at Fritchley Primary and Nursery School?
Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics, whereby pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught ‘tricky words’ and common exception words which do not completely follow the phonic rules. Our progressive approach to teaching phonics follows ‘Letters and Sounds’. This approach is a fast paced, clearly progressive approach to teaching phonics. ‘Letters and Sounds’ is divided into six phases. Children progress through the different phases across EYFS and KS1, continuing into lower KS2 where appropriate. Children in EYFS and KS1 enjoy a daily high quality phonics session lasting around 25 minutes. All sessions include the same four elements; review/revisit, teach, practice and apply. Our phonics sessions include a range of activities that allow children to revise their previous knowledge, learn new sounds and practice and apply their skills.