Our approach to learning phonics in theEYFS(Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics and Read Write Inc.
Letters and Sounds provides games and resources to support the teaching of phonics at Dartford Primary Academy. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven.
In KS2 (Key Stage 2) the children follow the No Nonsense Spelling scheme for spelling. The teaching of spelling in KS2 focuses predominantly on the development of spelling rules and patterns which are then encouraged to be practised within extended writing opportunities across the curriculum.
To read our Introduction to Phonics presentation, click here
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.