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Throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics on a daily basis.

The Jolly Phonics approach is taught daily as this allows a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills starting with initial sounds, blending and segmenting. It also introduces children to ‘tricky’ words or words that cannot be decoded by breaking it down. The children are taught that these tricky words sometimes have to be learned by sight.

At Crackley Bank we understand that developing phonetic knowledge is only one skill to becoming a confident and competent reader. Teachers consistently model a range of reading strategies which support children to read with fluency and a depth of understanding. Starting in Nursery, children are encouraged to demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have either listened to or read. They also have the opportunity to practise oral blending and segmenting and the importance of rhyme.

Phonic Workshops

Click the link below for more information on how phonics is taught in Nursery. Our parents asked for guidance in teaching early phonics, so each Spring term we offer parent support through resources and videos. Take a look to see how you can support your child through play.