We use a systematic synthetic phonics programme called Bug Club Phonics to teach young children to read. Children in Reception and Year 1 have a 15 minute session every day when they learn and consolidate new sounds, blending them into words or segementing words into sounds. This is reinforced by regular reading to an adult for decoding and comprehension and through guided reading sessions from KS1.
Phase 1 activities are threaded throughout Early Years to develop phonic awareness regarding skills such as rhyme, initial sounds and oral blending and segmenting. . We aim for the children to experience Phases 2-4 by time children finish Reception, with revision and progression from Year 1. Sessions are supported with activities from Phonics Play, and reading is mapped to phonically decodable books from Bug Club.
Pronounciation of the sounds in phonics can be seen by accessing these links: