Phonics and Spelling
Phonics is an integral part of teaching children the fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts underpinning early reading and writing. For this reason, we place significant emphasis and value on Phonics within our curriculum at Loose.
In Early Years and KS1, our children receive daily phonics provision following the “Letters and Sound” programme. Our environments and daily routines celebrate phonics wherever possible so that pupils are completely immersed in the phonemes, spellings, punctuation and grammar and vocabulary linked to their learning. Our desire is that our early learners leave KS1 having mastered Phonics Phases 1- 6 and are competent when handling our written code. The breakdown below indicates when each specific Phase is taught:
- In Year R, children are introduced to every letter sound using the Jolly Phonics songs and actions
- In Years R and 1, children progress through Phase 1 to Phase 5
- In Year 2, children consolidate Phase 5 and move onto Phase 6
All children take part in the National Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1 which they are prepared for through daily phonics lessons teaching read, blend and segment words allowing them to become confident, fluent readers and writers. Please see the link below, for parents reference which shows the correct way to say each sound phonetically:
This early phonics provision is built upon in KS2 using “Spelling Shed,” an interactive platform which allows children to retrieve and rehearse key spelling rules in an exciting way. Educational games and resources allow children ample opportunities to retrieve and consolidate their prior learning. Our progressional approach to Phonics at Loose ensures students receive the highest quality continuous provision throughout their learning journeys as they move through the school.