From Foundation Stage 1 to Year 1, we follow the Read. Write Inc approach to phonics. This is a fast-paced, structured scheme that provides our children with the perfect foundations to reading and writing. Children in Foundation Stage 1 and Year 1 have phonics groups 4 times a week.
Here is an introduction to phonics and the pure sounds we use.
When children have passed the phonic screener, usually at the end of Year 1, we follow the Read, Write Inc scheme for spelling too. This builds on the phonic foundations. They use dots and dashes to break down their spellings and then build them back up.
Here is a guide to dots and dashes.
The children learn different spelling patterns and how to apply these. When children are challenged with trickier spellings, we ask them to record these in their Log Book. This will be sent home regularly for children to practise their personalised spellings.