At Hazel Grove Primary School, we follow the Supersonic Phonic Friends scheme created by Anna Lucas. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It is a fully systematic, synthetic programme ranging from the simple to the complex spellings of the alphabetic code.
This programme has been validated by the DfE and fully meets the recently published DfE’s 16 essential core criteria.
Key benefits to following this programme:
· It ensures absolute consistency across the teaching of phonic phases throughout EYFS and KS1.
· The sessions are fun and physical, ensuring children are actively engaged in their learning. The characters represent a range of skills and help to support children with their phonic progress and application into their reading and writing.
· There are resources to assist parents in understanding how phonics is taught.
· There are high quality resources to support the teaching of phonics lessons.
· We have received a high standard of training to ensure staff have the knowledge and expertise to deliver high quality lessons.
· Resources are provided for pre teach and post teach sessions. Targeted interventions therefore promote a keep up, not catch up ethos to help close the gap in attainment.
Supersonic Phonic Friends ensures a full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives. It can be taught through technology or brought to life through play in indoor and outdoor environments. Teaching staff have the freedom and flexibility to tailor the programme where they feel necessary. Teachers at HGPS go above and beyond to make their lessons are interactive, practical and engaging. We have created a bank of object boxes and a ‘phonics library’ where each phoneme has a matching text so children are able to see the sound in context. Although phonics is predominantly taught in EYFS and KS1, when necessary this is extended to lower key stage two and beyond to meet the needs of our children.
Reading is taught alongside the daily teaching of phonics to support phonological application. As part of this scheme the children use decodable texts and are taught to: