We teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. This forms an important part of our approach to teaching reading. The aim is to build children’s speaking and listening skills whilst preparing them for reading.
The approach encourages children to link letters to the sounds they make in words. They then learn to put these sounds together to read words. Some words are common and useful, but we cannot use this method to read them. We introduce these as ‘tricky words’ and encourage children to learn them by sight. The programme consists of 6 phases, each one has a different set of ‘tricky words’.
For reading progression, we use book band colours which correspond to levels of difficulty.