In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children follow the Letters and Sounds programme to learn the 44 main sounds heard in the English language as well as their tricky words. This firm foundation is built on as children develop the skills throughout the year to read and write simple words, phrases and sentences. Alongside the formal teaching of phonics, opportunities for applying phonic skills in their writing are built into each area of provision, thereby embedding the skills within their many and varied play based learning opportunities.
In Year 1 the focus on phonics is maintained, further tricky words are introduced alongside different spelling patterns. There is an expectation that children will use and apply their phonic knowledge consistently in their writing across the curriculum. At the end of Year 1 all children are screened using the national phonics screening check. In Year 2 the children continue to spell and read more complex words and write extended sentences.
In KS2 we will use the Year Group Spelling Lists provided in the National Curriculum.
Pupils in all phases are encouraged to continually apply their phonic knowledge in their writing across all subjects.
Any child that is struggling to retain, use or apply these basic skills will receive further support through the precision teaching of phonics on top of whole class teaching sessions.