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 if appropriate.
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).
Please see below the overview of progression in phonics and help for parents with actions and images to support children with their phonics learning at home.
Unlocking Letters and Sounds provides daily practice in reading, then spelling the Common Exception Words for the Year groups EYFS -Year 2.
In KS2 the Common Exception word lists are shared with parents at the beginning of the year. Each week children are given a list of words to practice at home and in school each day. Each half term the children will be assessed on the spellings that they have learnt that term. Over the year children will be revisiting the year group list at least 3 times.