Phonics 

At St Kentigern's we use the Bug Club Phonics teaching programme.

In Reception and KS1, Bug Club Phonics teaches a new grapheme and related phoneme, or alternative spellings to previously-taught phonemes, in every Phoneme Session.  This fast pace, backed up by daily revision of past teaching, has proved the most effective and successful method of phonic training. This means that the basic 40+ phonemes are acquired quickly, and early reading skills develop rapidly. Decodable readers are introduced after just 10 days’ teaching at the end of Unit 2. This enables children to apply the taught strategies and enjoy contextualised reading early on. The order of grapheme introduction matches that recommended by the DfES in Letters and Sounds (2007) and ensures that children are able to start reading and spelling a wide range of words at the earliest possible stage. 

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