Welcome to our curriculum page about phonics. Mrs Gibson is the Phonics Leader for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Here at Downholland Haskayne CE Primary School, we teach phonics through Letters and Sounds.
Letters and Sounds is a national, systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. It is split into six phases, from starting to learn about sounds in EYFS to becoming fluent readers.
The phonic approach encourages us to directly link letters (graphemes) to sounds (phonemes), and to teach children pure sounds like ah, b, k when encountering the alphabet (instead of letter names). So, children learn how to put sounds represented by letters or letter groups (like ch or igh) together to read words in a more straightforward way. Click on this link for the full teaching program.