At Uphall Primary we use the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme in our EYFS stage for teaching phonics.
What is phonics?
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing the child’s phonetic awareness. Phonics is essential for helping young children to read. Once reading has been has been achieved through phonics your child will be able to explore a range of different literacy. Phonics is important because it will help your child to read and spell. It is an important part of reading development.
In our Nursery we begin by tuning the children into different sounds, environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds leading to oral blending and segmenting of the sounds in words.
Once the children have experienced lots of listening activities and they can distinguish between the sounds they hear, they move on and they are then taught the first 19 letter sounds. These are taught one set of letter sounds per week.
These planned adult led sessions are taught daily for a 15 minute period.
Each day the children learn a new letter sound consolidating all the sounds learned by the end of the week. This leads to children reading VC and CVC words Eg it, sat
The learning is also consolidated through child initiated play activities.
Alongside the phonics teaching children will be taught to read ‘tricky’ words.