Approach to Teaching Phonics at St Margaret's
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Phonics Schemes for EYFS and Key Stage 1
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) we use the DFE validated scheme ‘Supersonic Phonic Friends’. Created by Phonics’ expert Anna Lucas this programme is a fully systematic, synthetic phonic approach ranging from the simple to the complex spellings of the alphabetic code. Supported by the Supersonic Phonic Friends characters, this approach helps children develop confidence and apply each skill to their own reading and writing. As a general rule the programme is designed in phases for children by age group although there will be exceptions to the rule for children who are more able or children who need additional support.
Nursery children - Phase 1 (Firm Foundations in Phonics 1)
Reception children - Phase 2 to 4 (The Basics 2, 3 and 4)
Year 1 children - Phase 4 to 5 (The Higher Levels 5 - Choose to Use Spellings, The Higher Levels 5 - Switch it Spell Sounds and Suze’s Super Spelling Rules)
Year 2 children - Phase 6 (Suze’s Super Spelling Rules 2)