KS1 Phonics and Reading

How we teach Phonics and Reading in KS1

At Belgrave, we follow the Letters and Sounds Primary Strategy to teach reading and phonics.  In Key Stage 1, this is taught through The Jolly Phonics Scheme.  The Jolly Phonics images and songs are used throughout the year groups along with  other related resources. This multi sensory approach allows children to use their phonic knowledge to decode words when reading and to spell words when writing.  Alongside this, children are taught about common misconception words (or 'tricky') words such as 'was' and 'all' that do not follow typical phonectic spelling rules.

The School uses a range of reading schemes that are used during the children's guided reading sessions twice a week.  Children in Key stage 1 will read books banded at the colour level appropriate to them.  The Reading Schemes mostly consists of Storyworld, Lighthouse and Alpha, Project X, Phonics Bug books.  Our Books have been purchased to cover a wide range of abilities and interests of all children.  In addition to this, taechers and children have access to an online interactive reading scheme called Activelearn.  Activelearn allows the children to explore interactive books and engage in educational games for exciting rewards.

In Year 2 the Babcock Spelling Programme is introduced to further support children's spelling.  this is continued through to Year 6.