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Phonics
At The Blue School we use the scheme Letters and Sounds to teach Daily Synthetics Phonics.

Early Years Foundation Stage

From the Beginning of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Phonics is taught in a fun approachable way so all children can access it.

In Nursery, Phase One concentrates on building a discrimantory ear and encourages children to tune into the sounds around them. Rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are all integrated into the planning throughout the year, using the EYFS statutory curriculum to integrate this in all areas.

This continues into Reception, with the children recapping on Phase 1 in the first ½ term, then working into Phase 2. The children progress through to the end of phase 3, and into the consolidation Phase 4 by the Summer term. The actions from Jolly Phonics accompany each phoneme. 


Key Stage One 

These children start on Phase on phase 5 and revise all previous phases. They then use their phonics knowledge further to assist them with spelling and a higher level of reading. The emphasis on phase five is on spelling patterns and spelling families which aid children’s learning of these trickier phonemes. 

Children in Year 2 will begin on Phase 6, with strong emphasis of revision on previous phases, and children will use their phonics knowledge to assist their writing skills and aid their spelling. 

Children learn weekly tricky words and are encouraged daily to read and spell their high frequency words. 


Key Stage Two

Although no direct phonics sessions are taught, it is built into daily literacy lessons and spellings. Spelling patterns and families are used in order to encourage correct spelling. Skills in phonics helps children to segment and blend words when spelling, and to help when reading more complex words.

Please click here for further information on the teaching of Phonics at The Blue School.