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Phonics at Leasowes

At Leasowes, our school ethos is built upon being 'Rooted in Reading' and Phonics is the foundation to this. We continually drive to instil in our children a love of reading and aim to plan effective and engaging Phonics lessons that are inclusive and holistic in approach to ensure that no child is left behind. Expert staff drive the teaching of Phonics to develop children who are accurate decoders who can segment and blend successfully, and that provides the building blocks for all reading to progress. 

Children 'learn to read' so they can 'read to learn' throughout their time at Leasowes and beyond.

At Leasowes, we teach phonics following the Department for Education ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Nursery to Y1. Aspects of the Letters and Sounds programme continue to be taught during Year 2. To supplement the Letters and Sounds, we use the Jolly Phonics resource as a multi-sensory, synthetic approach for our learners. This has proven to be a highly effective teaching approach to get the children reading and writing quickly. We also incorporate the 5Ps of Passion, Praise, Participation, Purpose and Pace in all of our lessons to further drive love and engagement. All children have the opportunity to participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities and are given the tools to enable them to thrive in Phonics and Reading. 

Over the course of this year we will be moving to following Little Wandle (validated SSP programme for teaching Phonics).

Phonics is taught everyday to small groups of children. These groups are closely matched to the children's abilities and are therefore fluid. Staff are reflective and reactive to the children's needs and children are grouped accordingly to ensure that every child becomes a successful reader by the time they leave KS1. 

To further support the children's development of phonics and reading, and in addition to their home reading book, each child receives a phonetically decodable book that is closely matched to their reading ability. These books are carefully selected by their phonics teacher and match the phonemes being taught that week. The children are encouraged to read these books daily and change them each week. As a school we have a 'no child is left behind' drive to ensure that all children thrive in Phonics and reading.