Phonics

At Red Hill Field we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme. This is supported by the RML letter formation, diagraph and trigraph ditties.  

Direct, focused phonics is taught every day in Reception and key stage 1. 

From phase 2, each session follows the format: recap taught phonemes, teach new phoneme, apply new phoneme. 

Children are taught the sound of each letter and learn to blend these sounds together. 

Children are taught to decode words by sounding out the phonemes. 

We teach common exception words inline with Letters and Sounds. 

Reading books are matched to the phonemes and common exception words that have been taught, while they are learning to read. 

A precision teach approach is used by teachers and teaching assistants to provide extra practice throughout the day for the children who need additional support.