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At Holywell, we use the StoryTime Phonics programme to teach systematic, synthetic phonics.

Phonics teaching starts in the EYFS where the children are introduced to each new sound (phoneme) and the letter/s (grapheme) which can be used to represent each sound (grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC). They are introduced to these sounds using an engaging picture book: for example, when learning the 'ar' digraph, the children do so by reading the book Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt.

Phonics teaching continues into Year 1 and Year 2. In Year 1, the children sit the national phonics screening test to check that their level of phonics acquisition is consistent with children nationally.

Children are taught phonics through discrete daily phonics sessions, and their teaching is reinforced in English lessons, foundation subjects and through both home and guided reading. Each week the children take home a phonetically decodable book consistent with their current level of phonics attainment, which they read and re-read over the week to build up their reading fluency.

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