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The school uses the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach to the teaching of phonics.  



Phonics Teaching and Learning at Kents Hill Infant Academy


At Kents Hill we currently use Phonics Play to plan lessons that follow the structure of the Letters and Sounds programme.


Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 have a 15-20 minute phonics session every day. This session is fast, fun and multisensory – this means children will learn using all their senses e.g. by singing, dancing, acting, using magnetic letters, making shapes in the air, looking at pictures, playing games, using computers, making sounds, making choices and as many other ways as possible. This is vital because all children learn differently.


Each session will follow a clear sequence as follows:

Introduction - The teacher will explain to the children what they will be learning today and get them enthusiastic and motivated for the session.

Revisit and review - The children will play a quickfire game to practise something they have learned before and help build their confidence.

Teach - The children will be taught a new phoneme/grapheme or a new skill - this will be taught in a fun multisensory way and may well involve: songs, actions, pictures, puppets, writing giant letters in the air.

Practise - The children play fast, fun games to practise the new thing they have just learned. Many of the games on this site will be used in this section of the session.

Apply - The children will have a quick go at reading or writing sentences that involve the new thing they have just learned.

Each of these sections lasts a few minutes at most.


Outside of the phonics session children are given lots of opportunities to apply the new skills that they have learned in all the lessons that they do. The more opportunities they are given the sooner they will become confident with these skills.