Broom Valley Community School

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Phonics

At Broom Valley Primary School we are committed to the delivery of excellence in the teaching of Phonics. We ensure children have the relevant skills to decode and we foster a love of reading that will form the foundation for life long reading.

We use the systematic and structured Phonics Programme Floppy’s Phonics.

The Floppy’s Phonics programme teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading and spelling.  It includes the characters of Floppy the dog, Biff, Chip and Kipper and their family and friends, which engages children fully for the phonics teaching and learning. This then links with our reading scheme, Floppy’s phonics and Floppy’s non-fiction texts. The texts correspond to the phonemes taught ensuring children are able to decode their texts successfully.

 

Initially, children's listening skills are developed through the use of music, environmental sounds, rhyme and orally blending and segmenting. During their journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage, and Key Stage One, they are taught the 44 phonemes (sounds) that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. As the children grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.

 

We ensure that our teaching of phonics is rigorous, structured and enjoyable. In Reception(F2) and Key Stage One, children have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they are introduced to new phonemes, explore, practise and revise previous learning. They are given plenty of opportunities to apply the knowledge they have acquired. Some children continue with discrete teaching in KS2 through a new to English need or to fill any gaps.