At Tregoze Primary School, we use Letters and Sounds, which is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme published by the Department of Education. The children’s learning is enhanced using the 'Jolly Phonics' resources which teach the children the actions, pictorial prompts, letter formation, and the correct pronunciation for each phoneme (the smallest unit of sound in speech). There are six overlapping phases which the children work through, usually starting in the pre-school setting. In the reception class, children work within phases 1 to 4 before progressing to phase 5 in year 1 and phase 6 in year 2. Some intervention groups in key stage 2 also focus upon key parts of Letters and Sounds. The programme enables children to see the relationship between reading and spelling, meaning they learn to blend and segment words successfully.
During our reception induction process, parents are invited in for a phonics and reading meeting where they undertake phonics-based activities and are taught the strategies to aid their child’s reading and writing.