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Phonics and Spelling
Phonics is planned across Foundation Stage (FS), Key Stage One (KS1) and into Key Stage Two (KS2) where the need arises.
Our approach to learning phonics at Cawston Grange is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics as well as Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play. We have a multisensory approach in EYFS and by using Jolly Phonics the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play provide us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills through tuning into sounds within spoken words (segmenting) and identifying grapheme and phoneme correspondences in order to support blending skills and develop the ability to read words. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven. Any child in Key Stage 2 requiring additional teaching in phonic skills will be supported appropriately in order to close gaps in their understanding and encourage them to reach their full potential.
Spelling is taught based on a rule a week in Years 1-6. This rule is focused on during discrete teaching sessions and children are tested weekly on differentiated words which follow this pattern. High frequency word tests are done termly for the words in the National Curriculum.