The teaching of phonics is based on a structured approach designed by the English team which is new for September 2016. It begins in Nursery and Reception and it is fundamental to the process of reading and writing.
We have used elements of Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc. and it is based on a multi-sensory approach to learning, with the emphasis on encouraging the link between reading and writing.
At St. Gregory we have planned daily phonics sessions from Nursery to Year 1 and where appropriate for children with SEN. The planned sessions ensure that the teaching of phonics encourages the reading and writing of the phonemes, words and eventually sentences.
A typical phonics session will involve revisiting and reviewing the previous sounds taught (emphasising reading and writing it through multi-sensory activities), teaching and learning new sounds (reading and writing), blending sounds for reading, including nonsense words, segmenting words for spelling (saying the sounds in words) and the teaching of the common exception words. Where possible the common exception words will be transferrable words required for a specific piece of writing e.g. story writing.
There will be opportunities to apply what the children have learnt through a range of different reading and writing activities. These include: shared writing, guided writing, word games, role play, spelling games, songs, word hunts, shared reading, and the daily reading of poems and rhymes.
The children are assessed at the start of each half term and their progress is continually monitored.
The new St. Gregory phonics program for September 2016 will be reviewed on a half termly basis.