At St Simon’s we teach phonics to support the learning of reading and writing. The phonics scheme that we follow is called Letters and Sounds. Children are given the opportunity to learn specific letters and will become familiar with the sound that they make. They are then encouraged to apply their knowledge to their reading and their writing. The scheme is broken down into different phases.
Nursery (FS1) children access differentiated phase 1 teaching through short daily guided groups and through the learning environment provision.
In Reception (FS2) – Letters and Sounds sessions are taught daily for up to 20 minutes. Children work through phases 2, 3 and 4.
Children in Year 1 are taught daily for up to 30 minutes and focus on consolidation of phase 4 and phase 5
Year Two children are taught daily for 30 minutes and focus on phase 6.
Once children move into Key Stage 2 (Y3 -6) the expectation is that they will progress onto more focussed support for spelling, building upon the skills acquired at Key Stage 1.