Daily Phonics lessons are taught to all children from Reception to Year 1 using Jolly Phonics, and Letters and Sounds. In KS2, phonics are taught as appropriate in a small group.
In Reception, children begin to learn the 42 synthetic phonics through the Jolly Phonics approach, which is multi-sensory and combines actions and stories to make the learning fun and child centred. The children develop their phonological awareness through listening carefully in a variety of contexts before beginning to learn initial sounds and then use this knowledge to blend sounds to read words.
In Key Stage 1, the Letters and Sounds government initiative is used as a base for the teaching of phonic. The focus is on high quality phonic work which is differentiated across Years 1 and 2 to the level of the children in order to provide personalised learning for every child. Tricky words are taught in a phased sequence. Spellings and handwriting are linked to the teaching of phonics to embed the learning of the sounds that week.