At Birch Copse, we firmly believe that all of our children can become fluent readers and writers, the direct teaching of which, starts with Phonics. From Reception, children follow the ‘Supersonic Phonic Friends’ scheme of learning, which is a Department for Education validated systematic and synthetic phonics programme. The programme ensures that children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
We model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics, in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the Phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we understand that vocabulary, speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
We value reading as a crucial life skill, therefore, by the time children leave us, we expect that all children will have acquired the skills necessary to read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure and purpose. Through a relentless and rigorous approach to the teaching of Phonics and early reading, our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar words as they read.
Click the links below to see an overview of the scheme and details on how it progresses through the seven components from building foundations in phonics to spelling patterns and rules in the Key Stage One National Curriculum. The scheme uses characters to represent each skill the children will learn and acquire throughout the scheme. Click on the link below to meet them.