This means that at the centre of all children’s learning are the 44 spoken sounds of English and the way they are represented in print (the alphabetic code). Right from the start, children learn the key skills of blending (putting sounds together to read a whole word) and segmenting (breaking a word up into its individual constituent sounds so that it can be written down). We hold regular workshops for parents to explain the philosophy and methods of our phonics teaching.
There is a carefully structured program of teaching which the children work through systematically. All teachers and assistants are trained in the methods that we use to ensure consistency of approach.
We have a group of parent and local community volunteers who are trained by our SEN teacher to work with children who need extra support or attention.
When children experience persistent difficulties they are given specific extra teaching to target their weaknesses.