Children are taught to read using a method called phonics. This method involves learning the individual sounds that are used to make up words, and learning how to blend them together. There are different ways to teach phonics; we use the No Nonsense Phonics Skills programme, which is approved by the Department for Education.
The No Nonsense Phonics Skills programme provides a step-by-step approach to teaching reading, spelling, handwriting and language comprehension. It guides the student and the teacher through a series of carefully designed phonics routines to master the complex English Alphabetic Code.
The series prepares our pupils for the Phonics Screening Check and develops their vocabulary by introducing them to new words.
Children will bring home a phonics book each week. It is important to read with them at home to help them develop these skills. There are helpful notes in the front of the books to provide guidance for parents, and interesting facts at the back of each book to encourage further discussion.