"Phonics - First, Fast and Furious!" - Mr Cave, Headteacher
At Four Acres Academy we recognise that to develop our learners as authors starts with our pupils’ early language development, progressing onto the spoken and written word. This is given a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds. Knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those sound when they’re combined helps children decode words as they learn to blend them to read. Understanding phonics also helps children know which letters to use when they are encoding; using the written spelling patterns (graphemes) when writing words.
To ensure our pupils develop a strong phonic awareness and master effective blending and decoding skills, we have chosen to use a synthetic phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc. produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc. ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with simple sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective method of teaching young children to read (being particularly helpful for children aged 4-7).
At Four Acres Academy we aim to develop confident and independent readers by inspiring a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself.
The aims of being an Early Reading Champion are to:
instill a love of reading in pupils and families
promote a consistent and systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics
build ongoing staff expertise in early reading
commit that every pupil learns to read (regardless of background, needs or abilities)
We strongly believe that by teaching our pupils to read, we are teaching them to learn;