Phonics is an integral part of our teaching at Bodsham. Children need to learn the sounds that are represented by written letters and how to blend these sounds together to make words. At Bodsham School we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics.
Letters and Sounds is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 and continues as pupils move into year 3. Support for Spelling is taught from year 2 onwards. Throughout the school, pupils receive a daily phonics lesson in the morning. Letters and Sounds is taught as the main programme and pupils are split into their relevant phases for these lessons. Beyond letters and sounds, pupils receive more advanced spelling lessons based on support for spelling, word frequency, new curriculum spelling lists and, at upper KS2, necessity for SATs and secondary school.
Spelling using phonics is also one of our main interventions. Consolidation of the Letters and Sounds programme is likely to be used in key stage 1, on a one to one or small group work basis, where pupils have been identified as requiring additional support. Phonics is also taught in key stage 2 intervention groups and strategies are closely matched to pupil needs.
Pupils are encouraged to develop as independent and accurate spellers who are confident to use an evolving and adventurous vocabulary in their own writing. They should have a range of spelling strategies that they can use to attempt unknown words and a sound knowledge of irregular high frequency words for use in their daily work.
Homework to support the development of phonics and spelling is sent home on a weekly basis throughout the school.
Pupils are made aware of the differences between spoken dialect and written English in terms of spelling. We aim for pupils to be able to:
• Logically attempt words for themselves using a range of strategies.
• Write an increasingly wide range of words from memory.
• Use a variety of resources to help with spelling e.g. dictionaries, word banks, classroom environment, computer spell checks etc.
• Develop a secure understanding of spelling and rules.
• Use a range of strategies to learn spellings, especially those wrongly spelt in own work e.g. look, say, cover, write, check and the use of mnemonics.