At Saviour CofE Primary School, we teach phonics using a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-Write. This programme is successful in teaching children to read and spell because it starts with what all children know from a very young age – speech sounds. Then, using a very systematic approach, it teaches them how these sounds are coded within our writing system.
The four key concepts children need to learn are:
The three keys skills children need to master are:
Based on educational and cognitive research, the Sounds-Write programme uses a multisensory approach and an apprenticeship model. The children in Reception and KS1 have a 30-minute phonics lesson every day, in addition to their reading and writing lessons.
Assessments in phonics happen daily during lessons and at the end of each small unit (at least half-termly) to ensure the children don't fall behind and keep up. Children that have additional barriers have targeted interventions based on assessments to catch up quickly.
If you would like to learn more about our approach to phonics, please register for the online course, free for everyone! Click here to see the course and register online!
Support your children at home by downloading the Sounds-Write iPad App. Click on the picture below.