Phonics and Early Reading
At All Saints, we teach daily phonics sessions in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. Our phonics sessions are carefully planned to ensure they are effective and progressive. They are fun, involving lots of songs, speaking, listening and games. We plan for the children to be active and fully participate in the sessions, ensuring high engagement.
We follow the government approved Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and teach this through our own bespoke curriculum recently created by the staff here at All Saints. In EYFS and Year 1, we ensure that opportunities to consolidate the sounds and skills the children have learned in their daily phonics sessions are provided for through the continuous and enhanced provision offered in the classrooms. This ensures that regular opportunities to practice the skills of segmenting and blending are provided and phonics is fully embedded within the wider curriculum.
In September 2020, we launched our new bespoke phonics curriculum. The scheme has been put together by Mr Horton; our new Assistant Headteacher and English lead and Miss Clark; and our new EYFS, Phonics and Early Reading lead. The design and illustrations by Miss Yates-Smith, a member of our support staff at All Saints.
Each sound has its own image, story, song and hand writing rhyme attached to it, making our method of teaching phonics fun and multi-sensory. The approach is currently being used in EYFS with the intention of moving it gradually through the school.