Phonics & Spelling
At St. Peter’s we believe that phonics and spelling are both an integral part of the reading and writing process. Children who are confident with phonics and spell with ease are able to communicate clearly and effectively, thus having greater opportunity to enjoy reading and concentrate on the development of their writing.
Synthetics phonics is taught from Reception upwards using the structure of ‘Letter’s and Sounds’ supported by the multi-sensory approach of ‘Jolly Phonics’. This scheme uses actions for the 42 letter sounds; more information can be found on the Jolly Phonics website. As the children develop their phonetic knowledge they begin to use digraphs (sounds made using 2 letters) and are grouped into phonic phases using those outlined in ‘Letters and Sounds’. This system was designed by the Department for Education and more details can be found below at the bottom of the page.
In Reception and Year 1, pupils may be asked to practise particular sounds as part of their daily reading. Watch out for these sounds in your child’s reading records and on flashcards to keep at home and practise.
If you would like to play some phonics games to support your child with reading, the websites on the right hand side of the page may be useful. Links to these can also be found below.
As pupils develop confidence using their phonic knowledge to read and write, they begin to experience a progressive spelling programme whilst they move through the school. Vocabulary is matched to the National Curriculum and topics of study. Practical activities embed grammatical understadning and spelling skills in a fun and engaging environment.