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Our Approach to Phonics and Reading

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)/Key Stage 1 (KS1) Phonics strategy


At Broomgrove Infant School we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.



Our Approach to Writing


Writing is taught throughout all subjects, giving children chance to embed their skills in a variety of ways.


Our literacy lessons are taught in two ways to help children's different learning styles and to develop different areas of writing. Each term is split into two with one style used each half term. One half term focusses on 'The Write Stuff' approach. This approach is heavily modelled by the teachers showing children how to do specific writing skills in the context of their text type so they can see how it is applied. The other half term focuses more on children's extended writing and applying the skills they have learnt themselves. This gives them more freedom and builds up their stamina for writing. Children will be taught a variety of fiction and non fiction texts throughout the year.

Reception and Year 1 are taught non cursive font which will continue when they reach Year 1 in line with the current guidance.  The children will be taught cursive writing when they reach Year 2. An example of the cursive font taught is attached below.