Yeo Valley Primary School

Yeo Valley Primary School


 Phonics at Yeo Valley Primary School

Children’s ability to recognise and apply phonics underpins all future learning in all areas of the curriculum and gives them the skills to independently take control of their learning.

Using and applying phonetical knowledge is seen as paramount at Yeo Valley and goes hand in hand with speaking and listening skills.

At Yeo Valley, we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics program. This program has clear progression through the phonical skills and understanding as well as tricky words, this is linked to each year group and compliments the progression stated in the National Curriculum.

From Early Years to Year 2, there are daily phonics lessons and as the children move to KS2 the phonics lessons graduate to spelling patterns and the children have three lessons a week.

All phonics lessons will follow the structure: introduction (Objectives and Success Criteria), revisit and review, teach, practise, apply and assess. At Yeo Valley, we believe that a combination of discrete phonics teaching and reinforcement across the curriculum will provide the children with a balanced diet to help them continually progress with their phonics both in reading and writing. Teachers plan and develop phonics learning sequences to ensure they are cohesive with the development of reading skills. Within the planning for reading, writing and phonics, high frequency and tricky words are included when appropriate and continue to be developed and progressed in to KS2. This is also the same for punctuation and grammar, the planning is well developed so the links between all elements are meaningful and appropriate for the children.

It is imperative that that all phonics learning, discrete and integrated within other curriculum areas, has the following attributes:

- Enthusiastic adults who provide inspiration to pupils

- Consistent use of vocabulary, including phoneme, grapheme, digraph sounding out, blending and segmenting.

- Well organised enjoyable lessons with appropriate resources – make it fun!

- Discussions – children talking about the sounds/words and linking to previous learning/what they already know.

- Links - being made continually throughout the lessons at all levels and to prior learning in class and prior knowledge of the pupils.

- Give pupils time to reflect and discuss their own learning from that session; What did you learn today?

- Time for children to practise their new knowledge with success

 It is vital that all phonics teaching is reinforced in other lessons so the children become confident when applying their knowledge in other contexts.