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Phonics at Bracken Edge

At Bracken Edge we use the Floppy’s Phonics scheme (started January 2021) to teach children how to read. We recognise how vital it is that children read and develop fluency whilst at Bracken Edge, which is why we make Phonics a daily priority, teaching it discretely every day in Reception and KS1 and as often as possible for those who need it in KS2, until they can read.  Phonics coverage is mapped out for each year group that teaches it, with built in consolidation time to ensure children embed their latest phonics learning. Consolidation and regular assessments allow teachers to evaluate individual phonic knowledge and plan next steps.

Phonics starts in Nursery where learning and experiences center around developing pre-reading skills, such as, listening, beat, rhythm and rhyme and oral blending and segmenting. The children are exposed to this during teaching inputs, whilst accessing provision and when using Floppy’s wordless practice books.  Children are taught new vocabulary, songs and rhymes to complement their topics and encourage them to make links. 

In Reception the children have daily phonics sessions covering 2-4 phonemes per week and new tricky words. During Phonics, children focus on keywords using Floppy’s online resources, in addition to their new phoneme and words.  The children are encouraged to apply the reading routine when accessing group reading sessions. Phonic skill development is encouraged within the areas of provision, with various resources, enhancements and activities.

Phonics sessions take 1 hour each day in KS1, covering a new phoneme and tricky words each day, using Floppy’s Phonics online resources and individual workbooks. Children are expected to apply the reading routine when reading both at school and in the home with their reading books, homework and with the day’s phoneme worksheet for those that need extra practice with it. In addition to Floppy’s Phonics, children in Year 1 are also given opportunity to practice their blending skills with pseudo words in preparation for the Phonics Screen Check.

Any child that requires additional practice or support with the daily learning revisits aspects of that session later in the day, receiving targeted support to give every individual the opportunity to keep up. Reading books are matched as closely as possible to each child’s reading ability, allowing them to consolidate and embed their phonics learning.

The structure of all daily Floppy's Phonics sessions are as follows:-

  • Revisit/review of previously taught graphemes and words
  • Introduction of new phoneme, including how to write it correctly
  • Time to practice blending and segmenting with the new phoneme
  • Opportunity to apply what has been taught with independence

 

Please see the following attachments below to support your child's phonics learning at home.

 

Floppy's Phonics

Learning to read: supporting your child at home

Learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will develop over the next few years. The more support and encouragement that you can offer your child, the more likely that he or she will progress with enthusiasm and ease.

At school we are using the Oxford Reading Tree series to take your child through the early stages of learning to read. We are using the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics programme, to introduce children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) that are the foundation of all reading and writing.

To reinforce the teaching in school, your child may bring home some books to share with you. These may be:

  • Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters Books, to practise the sounds and letters taught at school
  • Floppy’s Phonics Fiction and Non-fiction to practise reading stories and different text types
  • Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories, for language development and enrichment. We may also send home Grapheme and Picture Tiles, Activity Sheets and Say the Sounds Posters for your child to practise phonics at home. Any of these simple resources will come with full instructions, and your child’s teacher will be able to answer any questions you have. Should you wish to buy any extra books to support your child, you could try the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper series, which has been specially developed to support learning to read at home. This series supports the programme we are using in school.
  • Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or you may also like to visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk  for further information about phonics and helping your child to read at home, and for free resources and eBooks.
  • All the books have notes on the inside cover to guide you on how best to use them with your child.  

We may also send home Grapheme and Picture Tiles, Activity Sheets and Say the Sounds Posters for your child to practise phonics at home. Any of these simple resources will come with full instructions, and your child’s teacher will be able to answer any questions you have.

Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or you may also like to visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk for further information about phonics and helping your child to read at home, and for free resources and eBooks.

Should you wish to buy any extra books to support your child, you could try the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper series, which has been specially developed to support learning to read at home. This series supports the programme we are using in school.

We may also send home Grapheme and Picture Tiles, Activity Sheets and Say the Sounds Posters for your child to practise phonics at home. Any of these simple resources will come with full instructions, and your child’s teacher will be able to answer any questions you have.

Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or you may also like to visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk for further information about phonics and helping your child to read at home, and for free resources and eBooks.

Should you wish to buy any extra books to support your child, you could try the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper series, which has been specially developed to support learning to read at home. This series supports the programme we are using in school.

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