Phonics and Spelling

Young children are taught spelling using ‘Letters and Sounds’ to ensure a good understanding of phonics. They also learn to recognise and spell ‘Common Exception and Tricky words (such as ‘the’ and ‘said’) which cannot easily be decoded using phonic rules. Daily phonics lessons take place throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1.  A range of resources are used including Bug Club (an online teaching and reading resource) and Jolly Phonics.  An annual phonics screening check takes place in Year 1 to assess pupils' phonics ability.  Spelling is also taught using the 'No-nonsense Spelling Scheme', and this continues throughout Key Stage 2.  Children are encouraged to identify spelling patterns and common letter-strings. The children then extend their written vocabulary with spelling and other word-level activities.  Children are encouraged to become independent spellers through the use of dictionaries and environmental print.

We had 100% success rate in the 2016 Phonics Screening Check.