Phonics

At St White's, we use the Letters and Sounds framework (2007) as a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach our youngest children to read. Children begin learning phonics as soon as they start in reception as we recognise that reading and the ability to communicate clearly is a key to their future success. Daily teaching of phonics takes place in reception, year 1 and year 2. Teachers use a range of different strategies to support all children in having a 'can do' attitude towards learning to read and spell.
As part of our phonics lessons, children are taught correct letter formation and have opportunities to practise it daily. Additionally, phonics lessons include the teaching of common exception words; words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way.
While children are learning, they are given books that are decodable for their current stage and encouraged to read them several times to build up fluency.