Here at Parish Church School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics, which works through six overlapping phases. The children are taught sounds that they can blend together to read. The programme is both structured and systematic so that children move on quickly when they are ready to the next relevant phase. We strive to develop fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.
Children have discreet phonics sessions daily in Reception and Key Stage 1 and this continues in lower Key Stage 2 until the children are ready to move onto the Support for Spelling programme.
High-quality phonic teaching secures the crucial skills of word recognition that, once mastered, enable children to read fluently and automatically. Once children are fluent readers, they are able to concentrate on the meaning of the text. Children need to acquire secure and automatic decoding skills and progress from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ for purpose and pleasure. The ultimate goal of learning to read is comprehension.