The teaching of phonics at Woodchurch CE is a curriculum priority. This is because good phonic skills ensure that the children make good progress with reading, writing and spelling.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the children are taught phonics three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. In Key Stage Two, if the children still require it, phonics is taught on a daily basis by the lead phonics teacher.
The phonics sessions are very focused and they all follow the same structure, as outlined below.
- Revision of previous sounds learned-with actions
- Handwriting practice for the last sound
- Introduction of new sound and action
- Using sound button actions to read the sound in words
- Dictated sentence-the children write a sentence dictated by the adult
- Fine motor skill activity-this helps improve letter formation and handwriting
- Memory activity-this helps to improve the children's memory especially when they are learning spellings.