Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught when they are learning to read and write. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as guided reading and shared reading, which help children develop all the other vital reading skills.  As a school we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. This scheme is split into six phases. Phases 1, 2 and 3 are taught in Reception and phases 4 and 5 are taught in Year 1. All phases are then revisited as part of Year 2, alongside phase 6 which develops the children’s understanding of spelling. Year groups and individual class teachers dip into other resources, such as Jolly Phonics, to meet the needs of their class, and to enhance the children’s learning.

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