Through the use of the systematic synthetic Floppy’s Phonics programme, early readers are taught the knowledge and skills to accurately and efficiently decode words with the intent that by the end of Key Stage 1 all children are fluent readers who are able to access age-appropriate texts.
Our aims: Our children are entitled to a Phonics curriculum which enables them to:
• gain a progressively deeper understanding of the phonetic structure of the English language.
• apply their phonic knowledge and skills to decode unfamiliar words fluently and accurately.
• read rapidly to apply what they have learned across the whole curriculum.
• create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
• develop a life-long love of reading.
At John Cross Primary School we have a focused and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics
At John Cross we use the comprehensive synthetic phonics programme, Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters, developed by phonics expert Debbie Hepplewhite to systematically teach and practise letter sounds and reading. Floppy's Phonics stories used in reception and year 1 enable children to improve their word recognition skills and language comprehension. They fit in with our existing Oxford Reading Tree stories and other reading scheme books which have all been carefully levelled to match the phonics programme. This ensures books are closely aligned to children's phonic knowledge and therefore provide opportunities to practise decoding skills using books that match the level of phonics that children are working within.
The correct pronunciation is vital and it is important that you are aware of how your child is taught pure letter sounds at school. Please take some time to watch the short video clips and use the linked resources and pages to support your child at home. The useful videos will demonstrate the correct pronunciation of pure letter sounds.