At Bandon Hill we follow Letters & Sounds to help children get off to a fantastic start with their early reading and writing. Letters & Sounds sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of children being able to use these skills independently in their reading and writing.  When necessary, adaptations are made to accommodate the National curriculum requirements and the needs of our learners.

We believe that, through phonics, most children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell with ease so that they can focus on composing what they write.

Phonics lessons at Bandon Hill are fun and exciting for the children. The lessons include games and interactive, hands on learning. Children are encouraged, from the very beginning, to segment the sounds in words and write the corresponding graphemes on their individual whiteboards.  This very quickly progresses to writing simple words, phrases and sentences.  Similarly, children are given opportunities, very early on, during phonics sessions, to blend the individual sounds in words in order to read.

Phonics is taught daily throughout the whole of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1. When needed, phonics teaching will continue until the children feel confident with their reading and spelling.