Phonics Overview

At Al Basma British School phonics will be taught using a systematic approach with a focus on word skills, both the skill of reading and writing words. At Al Basma School phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme. This programme is taught using the different phases. In this programme the children learn that there are predictable relationships between sounds and letters. This allows children to apply these relationships to both familiar and unfamiliar words and thus begin their journey to reading and writing.

KS1 Phonics Overview

Children are taught in KS1 to blend and segment unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt in the Foundation Stage. Teachers also ensure that pupils continue to learn new phoneme-grapheme correspondences, ultimately working towards being able to read and write all common graphemes.

In KS1 all children receive a daily dedicated phonics lesson. Within this lesson the learning is broken down into four sections. Revise and revisit previously taught sounds.Teach, which involves the teaching of a new sound. Practice, allow the children to apply this new sound in words both in their writing and their reading. The final stage is apply, this involves the children applying what has been learnt in the phonics lesson in their day to day lessons.

KS2 Phonics Overview

In KS2 the children that require phonics receive phonics daily. The learning is broken down into three sections. The teaching of phonics is incorporated into English lessons, included within the starter. This is done in three sections, first revise and revisit previously taught sounds.Then the teach/practice section occurs, where the children learn a new sound or revise a previously taught sound if revision is needed. Finally, the children can apply today’s sound in their day to day lessons.