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Phonics

We have a whole school approach to phonics learning.  All teaching and support staff share the same phonics training so there is consistency in understanding and practice.  In EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1(Key Stage 1) we teach phonics using a systematic synthetic phonics system. It is taught regularly, discretely, explicitly and in an agreed and rational sequence according to the programme in Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics.  Phonics is also taught in a language rich curriculum where books and stories are shared every day.  Phonics tracking ensures that children are carefully monitored so that support can be put in place if necessary. The aims of our approach are to ensure all of our pupils are fluent readers by the time they are 7.

In KS2 (Key Stage 2) some children will require continued support in segmenting and blending and will continue to follow the above programme. Most children will continue to access phonics as well as other spelling rules in explicitly taught spelling and grammar lessons.

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