The Letters and Sounds programme focuses on children learning word building/word recognition skills as these are essential for children to read and spell words accurately with ease. Letters and Sounds enable children to see the relationship between reading and spelling from an early stage, such that the teaching of one reinforces understanding of the other. Reading and spelling are treated as reversible processes. The Jolly Phonics approach is used in Reception and the THRASS approach is used as the children become more able in phonics.
All our children are taught 15 - 20 minutes of Letters and Sounds four times a week from Reception through to Year 2. In Year 1 from January and Year 2 the children are grouped according to their ability. Children in Reception use the actions of the Jolly Phonics scheme to learn the sounds which letters make and children bring small books containing these to practise at home. We have found that children practising their letters and the sounds they make, both at home and school make the quickest progress. Letters and Sounds information sharing sessions will be offered during the first term of Reception to help you support your child at home.