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Phonics at Kingshill
Phonics is an essential strategy for learning to decode words and our aim is to ensure all children at Kingshill read proficiently and become life-long readers. Phonics is a key part of this as it enables children to decode automatically over time and become fluent readers. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to teach children to read. Phonics also teaches children to spell by segmenting words into their phonemes. At Kingshill, we recognise that phonics and spelling are intertwined. Therefore, phonics is present in all year groups across the curriculum.

We use ‘Unlocking Letters and Sounds’ as our SSP Scheme for teaching phonics. SSP stands for Systematic Synthetic Phonics. It is an approach which teaches children to recognise letters (graphemes) and their associated sounds (phonemes).