Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
At Dalestorth, Phonics is taught as a daily lesson in both FS2 and KS1. Children in FS1 have plenty of opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills through carefully planned activities to lay the foundations for their future Phonic work. Children in KS2 will have access to targeted Phonics support in addition to their regular English and SPaG lessons where necessary.
All children in FS2 and KS1 will take part in a daily 20 minute Phonic lesson. They will be grouped by their current Phonic ability to allow for targeted teaching, and the lessons will be led by teachers and experienced teaching assistants known to the children.
At Dalestorth, we follow the Letters & Sounds Phonic programme and children will work through Phases 1-5 as set out in the LCP Phonics Planning document. Children in Year 2 will follow the lessons as set out in the No Nonsense Spelling scheme. We also use the Jolly Phonics songs to support the learning of new graphemes in Phase 2 and 3 (please see link below).
Children in FS2 and KS1 will have opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge using phonetically decodable reading books which closely match our teaching in Phonics lessons. Please click the link below for more information about the letter sounds, spelling patterns and common exception words taught at each phase.