At Redhill we teach phonics in a systematic way, following the highly structured Essential Letters and Sounds programme (ELS). It is rigorous, engaging and supports all children in the skills needed to become confident with reading and writing . Throughout the Early Years and KS1 we teach phonics daily, with a high focus on application within each session . To ensure the children are confident with the application, phonics is embedded throughout the curriculum in both reading and writing. The guided reading books are carefully matched and fully decodable with the graphemes the children are being taught in line with the ELS programme. The teaching of phonics is multi-sensory, encompassing simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to develop core learning. Parents are also invited into school to take part in phonic workshops and to observe phonics teaching in school.

  • Phonics is taught daily at a brisk pace
  • It is also developed across the curriculum
  • Progress is assessed daily and monitored through the use of AFL strategies and through individual assessments at the end of each phase
  • The phonics screening test is taken by all Year 1 children in June each year, with those children in Year 2 who did not achieve the threshold assessed again.
  • A whole school planning format is used to promote consistency and continuity. Each session includes the essential - revisit and review, teach, practice, apply and assess.
All children and parents have access to the Oxford Owl Website where they can access information and resources to support learning at home using the child’s individual login details.

Here you will be able to access the fully decodable reading books set by the class teachers as well as support with fun activities to do at home.

To support and understand the teaching of phonics as a systematic approach follow the link below. 

Please find the School's Phonics policy here


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