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Darley Dene Primary School

English

At Darley Dene, we teach phonics following the DfE's Letters and Sounds scheme, combined with the Jolly Phonic pictures, stories, actions and songs.

We start in Nursery and Reception by teaching the children to orally blend and segment words before they learn to read and write the letters.  In Reception and Year One, they are taught one way of spelling and reading all 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English Language, e.g. k, ee, sh. In Year One and Two, they are taught alternative spellings of these, e.g. ai, ay, a-e. In Year Two and beyond, they are taught to read and spell more complex words.

Reading

Reading at Darley Dene is an ongoing focus and investment. We are proud of our beautiful, well equipped library, which is staffed everyday. Our 'Junior Librarian' system allows children to borrow and return books independently if they are able. Our book stock is kept up-to-date with titles we know pupils will enjoy. Children at any age or stage are able to access our library - come and have a look!

For those children who are learning to read, we have a large stock of 'reading scheme' books. These are colour-coded to help children and teachers keep a track of where children are in their reading development. Each class from Years R to 2 have their own stock of reading scheme, colour coded books. These are bought from a selection of publishers to avoid an over-prescriptive or one-way reading diet.  We have books from Collins, Ginn, Oxford Reading Tree, among others. Coupled with focused phonic teaching, children have access to all they need in the early stages of reading. 

We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds materials and by using a synthetic phonics approach. More about synthetic phonics and letters & Sounds can be found using the links below.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/what-is-synthetic-phonics
https://www.gov.uk/letters-and-sounds

 

Phonics

At Darley Dene, we teach phonics following the DfES Letters and Sounds scheme, combined with the Jolly Phonic pictures, stories, actions and songs.

We start in Nursery and Reception by teaching the children to orally blend and segment words before they learn to read and write the letters.  In Reception and Year One, they are taught one way of spelling and reading all 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English Language, e.g. k, ee, sh. In Year One and Two, they are taught alternative spellings of these, e.g. ai, ay, a-e. In Year Two and beyond, they are taught to read and spell more complex words.

Blending and Segmenting in Reception

Phase 5 Phonics in Year 1

Phase 5 Phonics in Year One

Phase 6 Phonics Year Two

Applying Phase 6 Phonics Year Two

Darley Dene Primary School