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Phonics Across The School

 

Teaching phonics at New Waltham Academy

In 2007 the Government produced Letters and Sounds, a document aimed at promoting high quality phonics in primary schools, stating.

‘Practitioners and teachers should provide daily speaking and listening activities that are well matched to children’s developing abilities and interests. These activities should draw upon observations and assessments to plan for progression and to identify children who need additional support, for example to discriminate and

At New Waltham Academy, Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar are used along side Letters and Sounds. The phonemes taught in Letters and Sounds are covered through the Jolly Phonics Jolly Grammar scheme but in a slightly different order.

  • Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar are used because:
  • They are visually appealing (meets different learning styles – visual, hear sounds, add actions, songs, puppets, interactive resources)
  • Include actions to reinforce sounds
  • Build on prior learning
  • Teacher letter names and sounds in a systematic way so that children are blending and segmenting from week 1.
  • Teacher resources reinforce learning and we have resources for guided reading, interactive white board resources, puppets, posters in school
  • The Letters and Sounds activities and resources can be used alongside the Jolly Phonics Jolly Grammar scheme.

FS AND KS1 – daily differentiated discrete phonics are planned and taught. Please refer to FS page to read more information on the expectations when they enter our school.

YR 3 AND 4 – 3 differentiated discrete phonics lessons are planned and taught per week.

YR 5 AND 6 – 2 differentiated discrete phonics lessons are planned and taught per week.

 

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