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Phonics

At Our Lady of the Rosary Primary school, when children enter the Reception class they take part in high-quality phonics lessons every day. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games, where the emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.

 

Not all children will learn at the same rate!

Your child should be supported whatever their rate of learning. There is a very close link between difficulty with phonics and hearing, so if your child is making progress more slowly than might be expected, it would be worth having their hearing checked. From a very early stage, children develop awareness of different sounds in spoken language. They develop understanding that spoken words are made up of different sounds (phonemes) and they learn to match these phonemes to letters (graphemes). Phonics is about children knowing how letters link to sounds (graphemes to phonemes), for example, c as in ‘cat’, ll as in ‘fell’, ee as in ‘sheep’. Children use this phonic knowledge when they are reading and writing. This approach has been shown to provide a quick and efficient way for most young children to learn to read words on the page, fluently and accurately. We want children to develop this skill so that it becomes automatic. This also greatly helps them with their spelling.

 

Essential Letters and Sounds

At Our Lady of the Rosary Primary school we use a systematic phonics programme recognised by the Government called Essential Letters and Sounds. It is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught 'harder to read and spell words’, which are words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught.

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