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The teaching of phonics is a huge part of the work carried out in Early Years and Key Stage 1. At Downfield lessons are derived from the EYFS curriculum, Letters and Sounds and The National Curriculum Programme of Study for English. In the Early Years, teachers use the Jolly Phonics scheme to support the children in acquiring an understanding of grapheme / phoneme correspondence. The actions from Jolly Phonics are used to aid this recognition and are shared with families to allow security in this fundamental stage of reading and spelling to become embedded. As children progress into Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily using a variety of resources and approaches. Some of which are online resources. These are shared with families to once again support children in securing their phonemic awareness. The Phonics Play website is used extensively to support children. A link can be found below.
At Downfield we do our very best to provide the children with a rich diet of reading materials. We use the book banded system to level the texts we provide our younger readers and within this selection the following schemes are used:
Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Collins, Phonics Bug, Songbirds & LiteracyWeb.
As the children progress through KS1 and become more secure in their reading abilities, they move on to reading texts from the Treetops range. These include fiction and non fiction tittles. These books are organised into stages and lead the children beautifully into reading non-scheme, age appropriate ‘free readers’. Once children have reached this level of security they are encouraged to make their own text selections from the extensive class libraries. These choices are monitored for suitability and challenge.