- The systematic teaching of phonics is a high priority at SGIS
- Our structure for teaching synthetic phonics is based on Letters And Sounds in Reception and KS1 so that the teaching of phonics is carefully planned and systematically delivered and progress is built on from year to year. Each daily session includes a revisit to previous learning so that it becomes embedded; pupils learn to understand that letters and letter combinations represent sounds in words; during the sessions they practise quick recognition of the graphemes and blending these sounds to read and segment words into sounds to help with spelling and writing. Teachers use the strategy of “my turn”, “together”, “your turn”. The skills are applied by reading a class text, playing word games or writing words or sentences.
- Each class has a display of graphemes and common exception words to allow them to be independent
- Phonics and reading are used in all curriculum subjects (as planned by all staff). Staff carefully consider how they can ensure that phonics application is embedded and encouraged at all times in all subject teaching.
- Parents are invited in to workshops to see how we deliver our phonics lessons and how they can further support at home. These workshop sessions include just parents with the phonics lead, sessions in the classroom observing the class teacher and sessions working alongside the children
- Any children who are not supported at home or who need extra support are involved in carefully planned and delivered intervention groups