Synthetic phonics has been proven to be the most effective approach to developing early reading proficiency and at Brooke Primary Academy we believe this is the best way to introduce children to the joy of reading.
Letters and Sounds is a systematic approach that we use to teach our pupils how to read. Children are taught to use phonics as the approach to decoding an unfamiliar word. Every child in EYFS and Year 1 has a daily phonics input.
Throughout school, we thrive to encourage a rounded approach to reading where phonics skills are applied to increase fluency and improve comprehension. Our reading books are levelled to match the progression in phonics in order to offer children a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that challenge them at an appropriate level to ensure accelerated learning.
Children are taught the banks of ‘Tricky’ or common exception words aligned with Letters and Sounds. Their developing phonics knowledge enables them to sequentially build up their store of words to become fluent and confident readers.
Children are taught how to apply their phonic knowledge independently and are provided with opportunities to practise and consolidate their skills in both reading and writing.
In addition to their daily phonics input, pupils in Year 1 have an additional guided reading session each day that lasts for 30 minutes. These sessions aim to further build their decoding, fluency and early comprehension skills. Also, every in FS2 and Year 1 reads with an adult at least once a week.
If you do need any more information regarding phonics, please contact your child’s class teacher or Phonics Lead Miss Sarah Hennigan.
See below some useful website and links to support your child’s learning of phonics:
• If your child has an account to access Lexia, your child can access it from this link: www.lexiacore5.com
• For more general information, helpful tips and activities to support your child’s phonics and reading skills click on the following link:
• Here is the link to the Letters and Sounds for Home and School channel. This resource was designed by experts for use at home with children who were unable to attend school during lockdown.