At Lower Darwen Primary School, we aim to provide systematic phonics teaching that gives the children the best possible start in reading and writing. Our approach enables children to start building their phonic knowledge from the start of their school life, with the expectation that they will become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.
At Lower Darwen we follow the systematic approach laid out in Floppy Phonics Sounds and Letters. Staff must ensure that in their room they are only using the ‘Floppy Phonic’ resources (e.g. flashcards, sound mats, wall friezes. This will aid smooth transition from each year group. Please speak with the Phonics Lead if you need any resources replacing. There is a folder on Staff shared with lots resources available.
Whole-class teaching of phonics is planned in accordance to the Floppy Phonics scheme. This format includes the revisit, review, teach, apply, assessment. To ensure the children are constantly recapping on previously taught sounds. All plans are provided on Oxford Owl, Teachers can adapt these as they wish to meet the needs of their class.
The aims of objectives of our phonics programme
We want our children to:
We want our staff to:
The school's phonics policy can be downloaded below: