We prioritise the teaching of phonics and we aim for all children to master the phonetic code as quickly as possible. At St. Luke's, we believe that reading is the key to success and underpins all learning. Having high expectations and a consistent approach to phonics ensures children are given the best possible foundation for reading, writing and language skills.
We teach phonics daily from year R to Year 2. We follow a scheme called Letters and Sounds and the priority is that children develop their knowledge of the 26 letters in the alphabet, the 44 phonemes and 140 letter combinations. At St. Luke’s, we teach consistent, high-quality phonics sessions that allow for progression and continuity. We plan and deliver engaging and well-paced phonics lessons as part of a broad and rich curriculum.
Children enjoy using a range of multi-sensory resources to support their phonics learning. On-going assessment of children's progress against the phonemes learnt takes place and the books children take home to read and enjoy are carefully linked to each child's next step in reading. Children also choose an Oxford Reading Tree colour banded book to enjoy at home.
Below is the powerpoint from our annual parent workshop.