At St Paulinus School, phonics teaching and learning is planned using the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme published by the Dfes. This breaks down phonics teaching into six strands, each building on the knowledge learned in the previous strand and includes learning how to blend sounds for reading and segmenting them for writing words.
We also use resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' published materials to enhance our teaching, as well as using online material such as 'Phonics Play' and 'Education City'.
Children in the Reception Class and years 1 and 2 begin their journey learning to read with the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme. This highly enjoyable scheme bases the early stages of it's books around a familiar family of characters and then widens with increasingly harder texts that include phonic-based simple stories, poetry, factual books and stories for older children to enjoy. As the children become increasingly independent confident readers, they progress to choosing from a wider range of books that are in colour-coded bands but can continue to read from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme too. We supplement this with other published schemes such as Collins 'Big Cat' books.