Our Phonics Intent
At Grove Lea Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Phonics is the process that is used to help children break down words into sounds, as well as building letter and word recognition. This can then enable children to use unknown words in the future. Children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read the words.
Phonics at Grove Lea Primary School follows the Department of Education approved document “Letters and Sounds”. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Nursery up to Year 2 as well as allowing children’s listening and speaking skills to develop. Teachers and leaders have also attended Read, Write Inc Training and use the same structure when delivering sessions in all phase groups. Consitency is key. In Nursery and Reception, Phonics is taught through differentiated group teaching, depending on children’s prior Phonics knowledge, and looking at where individual’s need challenge or support. Where extra intervention is necessary, this is provided for children throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
There are six phases within the Letters and Sounds programme: –
Right from their first day at Grove Lea Primary School, children are provided with lots of opportunities to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest, motivating and exciting them to learn Phonics and become competent readers.