At Holy Family Catholic Primary School we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. ‘Letters and Sounds’ is a systematic synthetic phonics programme that is used to support children with their reading and spelling.
The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme consists of 6 phases taught throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. The children gradually progress through the phases.
Phase 1 focuses on discriminating sounds, alliteration, voice sounds, recognising rhythm and rhyme and then moving onto oral blending and segmenting.
Phases 2 to 6 work in a systematic way, teaching each letter of the alphabet (grapheme) and the sound it makes (phoneme). Moving on to digraphs (two letters that make one sound) and tri-graphs (three letters that make one sound). Oral blending and segmenting progresses into blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. Each phase also teaches a list of high frequency and tricky words.
Children are given the opportunity within their lessons to read and write words and sentences. Alongside we also teach sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. If you would like any further support or information on the teaching of phonics please ask your child’s class teacher.
You can find more information about the school’s phonics programme by visiting the ‘Phonics and Early Reading’ section of the school website.