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Coxheath Primary School

Phonics

At Coxheath Primary School, we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme alongside our own phonics overview (attached below) to ensure a consistent, progressive approach. In Reception, the children are introduced to letter sounds using the Jolly Phonics songs and actions, which is a multisensory, memorable and fun way for the children to learn their sounds. The children progress through Phase 1 to Phase 5 throughout Years R and 1 and Phase 6 is taught in Year 2. Children's progress in phonics is regularly monitored, and all children take part in the National Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. Parents will be regularly informed of their child's progress and how they can support them at home. Children have daily phonics sessions where they are taught grapheme-phoneme correspondence, blending and segmenting, which allows them to become confident, fluent readers and writers.‚Äč In KS2, children are supported in retaining and developing their phonic knowledge within their daily reading sessions, focussed on reading fluency as well as comprehension skills, interventions and catch up groups. All children have access to resources, like sound mats, to enable them to become independent readers and spellers. We are currently in a transition period, moving from using Letters and Sounds to the Sounds-Write phonics scheme. Many teachers from Years R to Three have received Sounds-Write training and are currently using this in their daily phonics teaching. By the end of this academic year, all KS1 staff will be trained in delivering the Sounds-Write phonics scheme ready for September. We have made the decision to transition to Sounds-Write due to the well-structured, consistent and incremental approach whereby children are taught the conceptual understanding needed to become effective readers and spellers.

 To support parents with the pronunciation of the letter sounds that children learn in school, please take a look at the short video clip via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s&feature=youtu.be