At Bulphan we believe one of the most fundamental ways children learn to read and spell accurately is through the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics.
The children at Bulphan are taught phonics through the guidelines set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. This is supported through the Letters and Sounds programme. This begins in Reception and is assisted by the multi-sensory approach of Jolly Phonics which enables the children to use actions to remember different phonic sounds. The letters and sounds programme follows a 'Revisit, Teach, Practise and Apply' model which enables children to become familiar with different sounds over a period of time. Children in KS1 will also learn spelling patterns and high frequency words alongside phonics as set out in the National Curriculum. Once phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds Programme is complete the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of spelling patterns and rules whilst continuing to revisit their phonic skills.
Phonic and spelling sessions are delivered on a daily basis and are differentiated to meet the needs of each individual child. In Recepion and Year 1 children work alongside others of a similar ability for phonic sessions. In Year 2-6 spelling is taught as part of the English session. Phonics and spelling is a skill that is revisted in all areas of the curriculum and one the school places great importance on.
How can you help your child?
The strategies the children now use to read may have changed since you learnt to read. It is important that you pronounce the sounds in the same way at home as we do at school. Watch the video below if you are unsure how to pronounce some of the sounds the children are reading.
There are many websites which provide great ways to practise phonic or spelling skills with your children at home. Click on the pictures below to access two of our favourites. Have fun!