No Nonsense Phonics
As a school we follow the No Nonsense Phonics Skills Programme. Once your child is secure with their pre-reading phonic skills, we will begin to introduce letters of the alphabet and the alphabetic code to them.
Children first learn to identify the sounds all through the spoken word. Then they learn to select the correct letters and letter groups which are code for the sounds. Early handwriting is taught as part of the multi-sensory approach to phonics teaching. Hear the sound, say the sound, write the letter shape or letter group.
Learners are taught at ‘word level’ at first – and then they apply their knowledge and skills to sentences and texts – and reading books and texts which match the code knowledge taught to date. The focus is on learning to ‘break the code’ which is why there are no pictures in texts aimed at learning a particular phonics skill. This way, children learn to apply their growing phonics knowledge and skills to cumulative words, sentences and texts for reading, spelling and writing. Alongside phonics texts, your child will also receive cumulative, decodable reading books in addition to the phonics programme. (cumulative = words which ‘match’ the alphabetic code taught to date)
In Book 1 your child will be taught the featured graphemes;
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