Phonics leader: Nikki Crosby-Peers
At Orston Primary School, we believe that language and literacy is fundamental to the overall development of the child and enables their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. It is acknowledged that “speaking and listening, together with reading and writing, are prime communication skills that are central to children's intellectual, social and emotional development”.
At Orston we strive to deliver Phonics in a cross-curricular manner to enable the learning to take place through a source of interest and fun, relevant to everyday life.
The teaching of phonics underpins and is intricately linked to early reading and writing in the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1. We aim to provide high quality and systematic synthetic phonic teaching, to equip children with the skills needed to become fluent readers and confident writers. Synthetic phonics introduces phonemes individually in a structured and sequenced way, teaching children the relationship between phonemes and graphemes. Phonics equips children with the tools needed to decode and segment unfamiliar words so that they are able to read, write and spell with understanding, fluency, confidence and accuracy, thus achieving the capabilities of an independent reader.
In our pursuit to ensure all children achieve this, we have adopted the Jolly Phonics programme.
“If children get the fundamental skills of reading using phonics early on, it will give them a flying start and allow them to move quickly to reading books for themselves and achieving even more in the future.” (DfE 2012)