Letters and Sounds

letter-sounds

Phonics support learning

We believe that the teaching of phonics is a vital part of an early reading and writing programme. For the majority of pupils it is the fastest way to help them crack the code of how to read and write our language. This runs alongside:

  • Lots of speaking and listening
  • Reading and being read great stories
  • Writing for a purpose

These skills combined support learners who then grow into confident children who begin to independently read and write sentences.

At Merryhills we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which is divided into 6 Phases.

Reading

Use their blending skills and knowledge of high frequency tricky words to read words and phrases.

Writing

Use their segmenting skills, handwriting skills and knowledge of high frequency tricky words to write words and phrases
Children will work through phase 1 -6

Children will firstly learn to:

Orally blend

Put your hands on your l – a – p

(children hear the sounds and blend them together and say word)

Orally segment

Breaking up the word

Children split the word into the phonemes (sounds) j – a – m

Moving towards – blending for reading/segmenting for spelling

s– a – t     sat

Children grow in confidence and begin to independently read and write sentences.

Phonics

We believe that the teaching of phonics is a vital part of an early reading and writing programme. For the majority of pupils it is the fastest way to help them crack the code of how to read and write our language. This runs alongside:

  • Lots of speaking and listening
  • Reading and being read great stories
  • Writing for a purpose

These skills combined support learners who then grow into confident children who begin to independently read and write sentences.