At BWJPS, we follow the AC Phonics programme which is closely linked to letters and sounds. We supplement this with resources from published schemes to help us deliver this, including Phonics Bug, Bug Club and Phonics Play. All of the above are synthetic phonics.
The order in which we teach phases is outlined below. However, this is a guideline and can differ depending on the understanding and context of the child/class.
In Nursery, our main focus is Phase 1 which explores environmental sounds to introduce phonological awareness. We also focus on using rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, oral blending and segmenting.
In Reception, we work through Phases 2 and 3. Within these phases, we focus on segmenting sounds and learning at least one spelling for the 44 sounds of the English Language. We aim to recognise, build, read and write sounds/ words.
In Year 1, we work through phases 4 and 5. Phase 4 focuses on blending and segmenting longer words which include sounds we have already learnt. However, Phase 5 teaches new spellings and alternative pronunciations of previously taught phonemes.
In Year 2, we continue to master the phases previously taught whilst learning the statutory spelling rules.
For more information on letters and sounds, visit the following websites: