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Key Stage One

Phonics are the bedrock of learning to read and write. Children at Kirkby Fleetham and East Cowton enjoy daily phonics sessions, which are tailored to meet the needs of individual learners. In KS1 we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme, along with the Phonics Bug reading scheme. Our phonics sessions are always carefully structured, lively and pacy and aim to instill a love of language and word-learning from the youngest age. Look out for the hungry Phonics Robot in Class One at East Cowton, and if you're really lucky you'll catch Class One singing along to Mrs Arrowsmith's guitar at Kirkby Fleetham! 


Key Stage Two

Our phonics learning doesn't stop when the children leave the infants

In Key Stage 2 we have recently adopted the ‘Read Write Inc’ approach to phonics and spelling, in which children are taught in differentiated groups of pacey and engaging daily sessions. Children then follow up their learning in their personal spelling logs at home. 

Because children learn to spell in different ways, we aim to provide each child with a range of strategies to draw on when approaching new words. Children have easy access to word mats, dictionaries and a variety of visual pictures and stimuli in the classroom to cater for individual learning needs. Children who find spelling particularly challenging are given one-to-one tailored interventions with experienced members of staff on a regular basis.

Please click the links below to learn more about phonics and spelling and how you can best support your child’s learning at school.

Jolly Phonics Letters Sounds

Letters and Sounds Parent Guide


Correct Enunciation Of The Phonemes

The video clip below demonstrates the correct enunciation of phomemes.

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