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Phonics & Early Reading

At Hutton Rudby Primary School, we believe that all children can and will become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. We will achieve this by prioritising the development of early reading through a combination of high quality systematic synthetic phonics teaching and a focus on developing a love of reading.

At our school, we follow the DfE ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for teaching phonics.  This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme.  Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters (graphemes) by saying the sound(s) they represent (phonemes). Children can then start to read words by blending the sound together.  Children are taught to apply the skill of segmenting (breaking up) words into phonemes to spell and that blending and segmenting is a reversible process.  We do this through a dedicated teaching session each day in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 alongside integrating phonics in other activities throughout the day. The length of these teaching sessions will vary depending on the age and stage the children are working at.   

We work through six phases from Reception to Year 2.  Phonics work continues in Year 3 and beyond for children who have been identified as needing additional phonics teaching.

Letters and Sounds Programme Handbook

We have a clear expectation of children’s phonics progress term by term from Reception to Year 2. Please see below for more information on this.

Letter and Sounds Remote Teaching and Parent information from English Hubs

Below is a link to home learning resources including remote teaching clips that our English Hub School have shared with us. The remote teaching clips follow our Letters and Sounds Programme and are available to you to use to support your child at home. This can be either in the case of school absence but also as a support alongside in class teaching to ensure your child is making the best possible progress! If you have any questions about this please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Martin at school.

https://www.lettersandsounds.org.uk/for-home/overview

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