As a Trust, we follow the progression, principles and practices in ‘Letters and Sounds’ alongside the writing and reading aspects of the National Curriculum. Letters and Sounds is a high quality phonics teaching resource produced by the government. From this resource, we have chosen to develop our own planning following the progression within Letters and Sounds, tailoring it to meet the needs of our children.
The children are explicitly taught phonics throughout key stage 1. The majority of children come to the Junior school with a good phonics understanding. Children who have yet to meet the required standard for phonics, when they start Year 3, continue to receive daily phonics teaching. These children will also receive regular phonics intervention and assessment throughout the afternoons. During these sessions, the children take part in activities and games which are planned to meet individual needs in order to close the gaps in their phonics knowledge.
The children are taught to write their letters using a cursive script and are expected to be joining their writing. When children are successfully joining their writing neatly they will be given a handwriting pen.
The letters are grouped into four families: