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Phonics

ReaderPhonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective method of teaching young children to read (being particularly helpful for children aged 5-7).

At The Dolphin School we aim to develop confident and independent readers by inspiring a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself. If you would like to read current research based on the impact of reading and life outcomes, you can click here

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

We teach phonics following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Reception to Year 2 (and beyond if needed). There are 6 phases to ‘Letters and Sounds’ which begin pre-school with the aim of the children successfully completing Phase 6 by the end of Year 2. Phonics is taught daily and follows a structured approach which includes a variety of games to provide a fun and multisensory approach to learning.   

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl

Children’s progress is constantly monitored to ensure that children are working in line with age related expectations. Some children may receive further 1:1 or small group phonics interventions to ensure that all children become confident and independent readers and do not fall behind their peers.

As a parent, there are many workshops held throughout the year to ensure you have the tools to support your child at home. You can find all workshops on our school calendar and they will also be emailed to you in the Top 5.

Phonics Screening Check

The statutory phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 in order to give teachers and parents information on how children are progressing in phonics. It helps to identify whether children need additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill. It is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June.

At The Dolphin School, we are very proud of the impact our phonics teaching has on ensuring our pupils are confident and independent readers who enjoy reading for pleasure. In 2019, 86% of our pupils passed the phonics check.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

Please click here for a copy of the Phonics Workshop

Please click here for the Phonics Workshop handout

Please click here for a list of 'words to spell'