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Phonics Guidance

At SLCF believe that reading is integral to all learning so it is our mission to ensure that all children succeed in this area. We understand the importance of phonics skills and how vital they are in the development of competent readers. From the start of their journey with us, children are supported to learn these skills through a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics.

We follow Pearson’s Bug Club phonics which is a rigorous, systematic and synthetic phonic programme. Phonic sessions are fast paced and multisensory, considering kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learners. We believe this ensures every opportunity for all children to engage and learn. We monitor children regularly to assess where support is needed and implement targeted intervention quickly.

Our phonic reading books offer a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction texts and are closely matched to the graphemes taught within school.  Each child is assigned books to meet their individual phonic progression to challenge them at their appropriate level. These ‘decodable’ books are also shared at home for children to practice until fluent. We believe this helps children build confidence in their own ability as a reader.

Throughout school we strive to encourage a rounded approach to reading. Children are exposed to words, print and text within the whole school environment. We believe this provides them with the opportunity to independently use, apply and embed their phonic skills in a range of situations which helps them understand the true importance of reading.

Please click on the following links for guidance on Phonics:

SLCF Phonics guidance for parents

Please follow this link if you missed the phonic parent meeting or if you would like a re-cap: All you need to know about phonics – Bug Club Phonics – Pearson – YouTube

Bug Club

Bug Club phonics walk through for parents

Sound Mats

Link to Supporting Reading at Home – Supporting Reading at Home.pdf

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 3 sound mat

Phase 5_u13-21_sound mat

Phase 5_u22-27_sound mat

Phonics Screening Check

Please click on the link attached for details of the screening check –Phonics Screening Check

To look at an example of the check please click on the link – 2023 Phonics Check