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Here at Wareham St Mary we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ government approved scheme as well as teaching the reading and writing objectives from the National Curriculum. Teachers plan their phonics sessions based on the progression in Letters and Sounds as well as developing it to suit the needs of the children. We also use Phonics play and Jolly Phonics to support teaching.


All children in Reception and Key stage 1 are explicitly taught Phonics every day. We plan fun, interactive sessions which engage all of our learners. Children apply their phonic knowledge and their phonics is further supported in both guided reading and Literacy sessions. Children who have gaps in their phonics knowledge have extra intervention and support in place to ensure they catch up quickly to their peers and are able to access the phase appropriate to their year group.


In Year 1, children have a statutory Phonics screening check where children will be asked to read 40 words. Some will be real words and others will be ‘alien’ words. The children read these words through good blending skills and this skill is practised as soon as children join our school in Reception. The children play lots of fun interactive games to help them to blend sounds to read words. The screening check is carefully designed not to cause any stress to the children.


During the early reading stages, we send home phonetically decodable books that match the sounds that have been taught in class. These are from a range of collections such as Collins Big Cat Phonics, Songbirds collection by Julia Donaldson, Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales and Oxford Reading Tree – Floppy’s Phonics. We also send home phonics packs in Reception and Year 1 to support Phonics and reading at home.