At Meadowside Primary School we use the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme which begins in the early stages by teaching all of the letter sounds as pure sounds alongside showing children how to blend for reading and segment for spelling. So d-o-g will equal dog but in order to keep the sounds pure avoid stressing the letters as duh-o-guh.
As the sessions progress the children are taught combinations of two and three letters (digraphs and trigraphs also refered to as special friends) which actually produce one sound (phoneme). Further along in the scheme they learn alternative ways to spell many of the 44 phonemes in the English language. Alongside this children are taught to read and spell “red” (tricky) high frequency words which cannot be decoded at their phase of learning. The overall aim of the phonics programme is for automatic reading of all words – decodable (green words) and tricky (red words). Reception and Yr 1 children have a phonics sessions 4 times a week.
Years 1 and 2 children have booster sessions and focus more on the application of words and spelling. Parents are informed about our phonics teaching at annual information evenings.