At Wisborough Green Primary School, we are passionate about providing children with opportunities to foster and develop a love of reading from the moment they start school. Children are immersed in a range of different texts and phonics is taught daily to enable our children to develop their understanding of decoding written letters and spoken sounds from Early Years and throughout Key Stage One.
At our school, we use a structured phonics programme called ‘Song of Sounds’ published by Collins. Song of Sounds is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme which runs from EYFS to Year 2. The programme teaches children to read and write by introducing them to the sounds that they can hear in words (phonemes) and their written equivalent (graphemes). Children learn to blend sounds together to read words and segment words in order to spell them.
Song of Sounds is also a multi-sensory phonics programme. It is ‘hands on’ and interactive with music, movement and practical activities at its core, to ensure children enjoy the phonics learning process. The programme ensures that children become fluent readers and knowledgeable spellers by the end of Key Stage 1.
All daily sessions are practical, structured, fast paced and, most importantly, fun:
- Introduction – we sing our song and complete the actions for each sound
- Revisit – we practise previous sounds already taught
- Teach – we teach a new sound
- Practise – Practise using the new sounds saying, reading, writing and blending the new sound
- Apply – reading and writing activities and games to support the children apply their understanding.
At Wisborough Green Primary School, our aims for the teaching of phonics are:
- To teach grapheme-phoneme correspondences - the relationship between sounds and the letters which represent those sounds
- To teach our children how to blend sounds together to support reading words from that start of their Phonics journey, e.g. the phonemes /c/ /a/ /t/ blend together to make the word “cat”
- To teach our children how to segment words into their individual phonemes to spell and write, e.g. the word “mat” segments into the phonemes /m/ /a/ /t/
- To teach our ‘Tricky Words’ which are key irregular words that children are not able to sound out and must be learnt, e.g. “I”, “me” and “we”
- To use matched decodable texts to ensure that children have the opportunity to apply their phonological knowledge and understanding to read
- To provide opportunities to apply their phonics skills to reading and writing activities across the curriculum.
Alongside the teaching of phonics, we also listen to each child read individually and provide a next step for the children to work towards. Our reading scheme is closely matched to support our phonics scheme, providing the children with the opportunity to apply their understanding and develop the confidence to make good progress with their reading. Throughout Early Years and Key Stage One, we also complete grouped guided reading sessions to support individual needs and our Literacy and English lessons focus on immersing the children in whole class texts and the opportunity to develop these skills:
- Retrieval – from the eye (what can you see?)
- Inference – from the brain (what do you think?)
- Evaluation – from the heart (how does it make you feel?)
Please see below for some useful links:
Stage 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48uf9I6P2xQ
Stage 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UQHdBMLk-M
Stage 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwluz7yHW0g