Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA
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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds to blend words together and read them
What phonics scheme does Highfield Academy follow?
At Highfield Academy we follow the Letters and Sounds Programme to teach phonics.
Letters and Sounds is divided into Phases. Some online resources to support Letters and Sounds will also be grouped this way. If you wish to know which phase your child is working on you can find out from your child’s teacher.
How often will my child be taught phonics?
Children from Reception to Year 2 will have a phonics lesson every day for approximately 30 minutes. The skills learned in this lesson will then be followed up in other English lessons.
Which year groups use this programme?
This programme is used in all year groups and in order to teach your children to read effectively we follow the programme consistently.
When does my child start learning to read?
Phonics teaching begins in Reception as soon as the children enter school.
In Nursery the children will learn pre-reading skills that support the introduction of phonics lessons in Reception.
When will my child first bring a reading book home?
As your child is introduced to letters and they begin to blend simple words together they will bring a reading book home. It is important for your child to bring books home that they can read independently and this will then make them feel confident and successful.
What reading scheme does the school follow?
The scheme we use is called ‘Phonics Bug’.
The book your child will bring home will be from this scheme and it will be selected by your child’s class teacher based on their knowledge of letters and words. Once your child becomes more confident with their reading they will be sent a variety of books from a variety of authors.
What can I do to help when reading at home?
Where can I get more information to support my child’s reading?