At St Joseph’s, the teaching of phonics starts in Reception to ensure a jump start into reading. Our Success for All synthetic approach to phonics is taught daily to develop fluent reading skills, ensuring that children can make connections between the sound patterns that they hear in words and the way that they are written.
Our phonics teaching is robust across the school following the key components of explicit and systematic teaching. Our reading books have been carefully selected to ensure that they are engaging, easily accessible to our children and they are matched to their phoneme awareness and their knowledge of letters and sounds. Assessment of phonics is constant and consistent to ensure that children are given further support or accelerated where necessary.