Phonics and Early Reading
Welcome to our guide to Phonics and Early Reading at Lacock. You will find an overview of current practice in our school and lots of resources which we hope you will find useful – working together can make such a difference to your child.
We use the Letters and Sound programme, this is a scheme used nationally. Letters and sounds is supported by our use of Jolly Phonics.
Letters and Sounds aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills, for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
During Year 1 all children will sit a phonics check set by the Government. The Phonics check consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which all Year 1 children read to the teacher. It takes place at the end of Year 1 and is a statutory requirement. If children do not pass the phonics screening check in Year 1, they will retake it in Year 2.
How to pronounce pure sounds by Oxford Owl
Key Reading Schemes
Our key scheme is Oxford Reading Tree with other schemes carefully matched to the children's phonics skills. These are from a range of schemes such as Project X, Big Cat and Songbirds
Useful resources to support parents