At Westover Primary School, we give a high priority to the teaching of phonics, so that all of our pupils become fluent, confident and literate readers.
We follow the systematic teaching approach of Letters and Sounds to help us deliver high quality and multisensory phonic lessons. In Early Years, we also begin to learn phonics using actions and rhymes from Jolly Phonics which help to support our learning of the first few phases of phonic sounds.
As part of our Early Years, our children are provided with numerous and varied opportunities to hear and say sounds through the teaching Phase 1. This is taught discreetly alongside our phonic lessons, where we learn our different phonemes and corresponding graphemes from Phases 2,3 and 4. Staff support this experience through modelling the use of pure sounds throughout their teaching.
As children progress through Westover, they will learn the 44 phonemes and grapheme correspondences. They will be explicitly taught the skills of blending to read and segmenting to spell. Children will learn digraph and trigraph phonemes, as well as their corresponding grapheme, throughout infants. Children will rapidly progress to blending phonemes together to enable them to read a variety of CVC words. As children become more confident in their segmenting and blending skills, we begin to expose them to decodable ‘alien words’, to help support our children’s ability to decode unknown words.
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