Phonics and early reading
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme. We also use aspects of Jolly Phonics to supplement our phonics teaching. In 'Letters and Sounds' the sounds are taught in phases and sets, as follows:
Phase 1 concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. This phase is divided into seven aspects and each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds, Listening and remembering sounds and Talking about sounds.
The children at this early stage of reading will take home a book from the Little Wrens reading corner that they would like to 'read' and share with a parent/family member.
Phase 2 onwards
Graphemes and phonemes are introduced in phase 2 and continued throughout phases 3 to 5 and are taught in sets.
Set 1: s a t p
Set 2: i n m d
Set 3: g o c k
Set 4: ck e u r
Set 5: h b f ff l ll ss
Set 6: j v w x
Set 7: y z zz qu
Set 8: ch sh th ng
ai ee igh oa o oar or ur ow oi air ure er.
Split digraphs are introduced earlier than in phase 5, as we know that children need along time to learn these (eg a-e; e-e; i-e; o-e; u-e) and alternative spellings are taught in phases 5 and 6.
Useful links to phonics games
To support early ready development, at Wrenbury we aim to provide children with two books to take home at least weekly: a 'learning to read' book, which will be closely linked to their phonics learning and a 'love to read' book, a book that they simply wish to enjoy. This may be a picture book or a book beyond their reading ability that they would like an adult to read to them.
Learning to read
These books are aimed at supporting the children's stage of phonics learning, and require the children to focus on applying their phonic skills. Some of these books may focus on one repeated sound pattern in simple sentences, whereas others may have more than one sound in a range of simple sentences. Please be assured that the books chosen are closely matched to phonic learning in class.
Loving to read
These are books to love, enjoy with another person, listen to and talk about as part of the enjoyment of the whole reading experience — reading for pleasure. These allow children to listen to stories/ vocabulary and ideas which, if based on their reading skills, wouldn't be accessible to them. It also allows the children to simply enjoy a story or non-fiction book, a poem or a magazine — whatever the child chooses.
We believe that this pairing of approaches will help to provide the best foundations for developing our children's reading skills, whilst immersing them with a wonderful love of reading.