Phonics is taught to all pupils at Billing Brook, as one of the strategies to support them in their reading. Although we recognise that not everybody will learn to read using the phonics approach, we strive to provide every pupil the opportunity to access it as part of the literacy curriculum.
Billing Brook follows the Letters and Sounds document (DfE, 2007) to support the delivery of phonics in phonics lessons and starter activities in literacy lessons provide pupils with the time to develop these skills at their own pace.
Pupils are given a baseline using a letters and sounds progression of skills document, which enables staff to assess their abilities at the end of the year as well as regular points throughout the year. This baseline provides targets, which pupils work towards achieving in their interventions and in Phonics starter activities.
Pupils are grouped according to ability and activities planned for according to the progression of skills in the Letters and Sounds document. In school, staff are supported in the planning of activities through the LCP (Language Centre Publications Limited) planning document, as well as regular training sessions from the Literacy Coordinator.
Active phonics is promoted throughout the school, and pupils are often seen using phonics outside, as well as playing games to apply their skills.