Phonics

At Holywell, we use the StoryTime Phonics programme to teach systematic, synthetic phonics.
 
Phonics teaching starts in the EYFS where the children are introduced to each new sound (phoneme) and the letter/s (grapheme) which can be used to represent each sound (grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC). They are introduced to these sounds using an engaging picture book: for example, when learning the 'ar' digraph, the children do so by reading the book Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt.
 
Phonics teaching continues into Year 1 and Year 2. In Year 1, the children sit the national phonics screening test to check that their level of phonics acquisition is consistent with children nationally.
 
Children are taught phonics through discrete daily phonics sessions lasting between 20 and 30 minutes, and their teaching is reinforced in English lessons, and through home reading. Each week the children take home a phonetically decodable book consistent with their current level of phonics attainment, which they read and re-read over the week to build up their reading fluency.
 
StoryTime Phonics is designed using the principles set out in Letters and Sound, a document published by the DfE, which sets outs best practice in the teaching of phonics and the sequence in which each GPC should be introduced. For more information on Letters and Sounds, and the StoryTime Phonics programme, please follow the links below: