Phonics and Early Reading

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 Essential Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and teach this through our own bespoke curriculum resources 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.

What's new?

In September 2020, we launched our new bespoke phonics curriculum. The resource has been put together by Mr Horton; our Assistant Headteacher and English lead and Mrs Fletcher; and our 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. This approach is currently being used across KS1.

We reviewed our reading material in September 2020, and purchased a significant amount of new books to improve phonics and early reading. After the Early Reading Framework was published in July 2021, we purchased more phonic books which have been carefully selected to match the children's learning, ensuring that the books they take home include the sounds and words they have been working on, allowing for consolidation of learning. 

Useful Links
Lots of free printable resources for phonics learning
A variety of different games to help children with segmenting and blending.
Phonics Play
A site packed with interactive phonics games and resources to help children learn to read
A site full of information about phonics with many free resources
Phonics Bloom
Lots of interactive phonics games helping teach children the relationship between letters and sounds