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Phonics Rationale

Phonics is taught as a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds in the early stages of learning to read. Learning to read is like cracking a code so, by teaching phonics, we teach children to crack the code. 


At Oaklands Community Primary School we teach synthetic phonics throughout Key Stage One. We follow the ‘Twinkl’ programme which provides a structured and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics. It aims for children to develop fluent word reading skills and have good foundations in spelling by the end of Key Stage One. Your child’s class teacher will be able to tell you which set they are working on.


How we Teach Phonics

Here at Oaklands, the teaching of phonics begins in Reception, using a clear plan to introduce sounds to the children. Children will then learn further sounds in line with our progression document.


Phonics is taught daily in all Reception and Key Stage One classes. Assessment is carried out on a regular basis; this allows us to ensure that catch up programs can be put into place quickly for children who fall behind. 


Please see the following documents to help to support your child at home: