Phonics at Halwin

All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have a daily, 20 minute phonics lesson which is designed to help children learn to read and spell with phonics. Letters and Sounds is a six phase programme begins with a focus on listening skills and sound-making in phase one. The teaching of systematic synthetic phonics begins with phase two, where children start to be taught the relationship between written letters (graphemes) and the sounds of spoken English (phonemes). Blending and segmenting skills are taught from the start, and applied into reading fully decidable captions and phrases. The programme includes the teaching of high frequency words. By the end of the programme, children are expected to have developed strong decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) skills. Children usually secure accurate word reading before they secure comparable accuracy in spelling; therefore the teaching and learning of spelling continues beyond the programme. The teaching of phonics is part of the way we support children in learning to read. It is not the only method but is key in children's understanding of how our language works