Fishing for Phonics
At Castle Hill Primary School we use a phonics scheme that we have created ourselves called Fishing for Phonics that has been validated by the DfE.
Fishing for Phonics (FfP) is a systematic synthetic scheme that has been developed to link talking, reading, spelling and handwriting for children in the Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2.
In Early Years the children are introduced to daily phonics sessions in the first few weeks of starting school.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggests:
“Phonics approaches have been consistently found to be effective in supporting younger readers to master the basics of reading, with an average impact of an additional four months’ progress. Research suggests that phonics is particularly beneficial for younger learners (4-7 year olds) as they begin to read.”
In KS1 the children also take part in daily phonics sessions to further develop their phonic knowledge.
We teach the children a rhyme and action for the letter formation to help them learn the letter (grapheme) by seeing it, hearing it and by ‘doing it’ (kinesthetic).
Alongside introducing the phonemes (sounds) and the graphemes (the written letters) we also teach the children to blend and segment, which are the first steps in reading.