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CE Primary School and Nursery

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How we teach phonics at Bapchild & Tonge CE Primary School and Nursery

Floppy's Phonics - Debbie Hepplewhite


At Bapchild & Tonge CE Primary School and Nursery, we follow Floppy’s Phonics, a systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme for early reading and writing.  We use the interactive phonics lessons and activities to teach children the sounds in words and the code (letters) used to represent them. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will take part in a daily phonics lesson. Each lesson begins by rapidly revisiting previously taught sounds and codes before being taught the next new sound. This new knowledge is then consolidated in the apply session. They will use the Floppy’s Phonics Sound Books to look for words which contain this new sound and discuss the meaning of any new vocabulary. They will practice forming the new code, reading words and sentences which contain it and complete spelling games too. This learning will transfer into their daily reading so children can apply and consolidate the new sound and code.


Sequence of teaching and learning in phonics

The Alphabetic Code

Your child will bring home a reading book matched to their stage and we would encourage children to read every night. Repetition helps to build fluency and confidence in readers. You can also access the sound books online and the log in will be in the front of your children's reading record. They will also have their phonics book sent home each week this provides an insight into what they have been learning in class and is a good way for this learning to continue at home. Please use the activity sheets to practise and revisit sounds. 

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound) that we teach at Bapchild.