Reading and Phonics
Hope House School follows the principles of the Letters and Sounds Programme to offer a high-quality phonics scheme that supports our pupils in becoming confident readers, spellers and writers. Our approach is largely based on systematic synthetic phonics. Pupils learn to decode words through the translation of letter symbols into sounds when reading and using oral segmenting skills to encode and allocate letter symbols to the sounds of speech for spellings.
Pupils learn about phonics through the introduction of the alphabetic code. There is 44+ sounds in the English alphabetic code which are introduced through phases. The Letters and Sounds programme follow six progressive phases. A simple alphabetic code is introduced through Phase 1-3, while Phase 4 upwards introduces the complexities of sound and spelling alternatives. This teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences in an incremental sequence.
Pupils learn the sounding out and blending skills for reading; oral segmenting and allocating graphemes for identified sounds in spelling, and application of skills through individualised handwriting programmes. Pupils are taught that the alphabetic code is reversible, in reading pupils learn that print can decode to sound, and in spelling/writing pupils encode the sound to print. A range of high-quality resources support our passionate about reading ethos. We hope all pupils develop a positive view of reading through developing an interest in words and fascination in learning through reading.
Click on the link for an introduction to the Stages of Reading