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Early Phonics, Reading and Writing at Tudor

Jolly Phonics

Tudor children begin their phonics learning right from their start in Early Years. We follow the teaching sequence of Jolly Phonics, which teaches an action to go with each of the letter sounds. Our staff are specially trained in the delivery of quality phonics teaching, and our assistants work alongside the teachers to ensure every child makes the best progress that they can make.

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Above is the teaching seqence that we use in EYFS. This is delivered at a pace of one new sound each day. Our reading books are tailored to match this sequence of teaching so that our children quickly feel that they are confident readers.

In addition to these reading books, we also send home picture books of the child's choice. This is designed to promote a love of reading, and to ensure that children have access to a range of books at home as well as school.

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Early Years are going to be wearing their pyjamas to school on 5 June - we will be enjoying bedtime stories and hot chocolate together in school.

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Jolly Phonics is the scheme that we use in Early Years. It has a planned sequence of teaching letters and sounds to enable children to read and write quickly. The children use their phonics charts to help themselves with their writing, and we use a carefully planned sequence of reading books to match the children's phonics learning as they progress through the year.

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The children in Year One take a phonics screening check, in line with statutory guidance from the DFE. The children are gently prepared for this, and most do not even realise that they have completed it. Careful assessment in the terms leading up to the check and targetted teaching enable all children to do their very best.

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As the children progress through school, the Jolly Phonics approach gives way to the use of Jolly Grammar, alongside other similar resources, to enable the children to maximise their progress.

We offer phonics workshops in EYFS for parents so that we can explain how we teach phonics, and how this supports young children with their reading and writing skills. We also send home the same phonics resources  - phonics charts, tricky words and sound cards that the children use at school, so that they can continue their learning at home too.

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We recognise the key role that parents play in supporting their child with their reading and writing. We try hard to always be able to offer help and guidance to parents who would like to know more.

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We held a phonics workshop for mums and dads so that they could come and see how we teach phonics, and make it fun and active too! Here on the left are a few photos of this workshop. smiley

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