In St. Clare's, our phonic teaching aims to ensure all children are fluent readers by the time they reach the end of phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme (Year 1 Phonics KS1 Liverpool Plans).
Children will be confident spellers, using segmenting and blending as their first approach to spelling.
The curriculum, teaching and learning
We aim to ensure there is consistency across the school when we teach phonics and this is key to its success. We use phase one environmental sounds in Nursery and move onto phase 2 teaching individual phoneme, grapheme correspondences in Reception.
Progression in phonics
Children will be introduced to letters and sounds through discrete Phonics lessons and the environment, which should be language rich – displays, squidgy letters, letter stamps, listening centre etc.
Children will be taught Phase Two of the Letters and Sounds programme before moving onto Phase Three when reading books with words. Children should be able to read and spell most, if not all, high frequency Phase Two words before moving onto Phase Three and then Phase Four (where appropriate) towards the end of the year (June/July).