At Castleward Spencer Academy, we follow the five phases of Letters and Sounds. The Letters and Sounds resource was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007 and aims to develop children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare them for learning to read and spell by developing their phonic knowledge and skills through a detailed and systematic programme.
As a school, we implement this guidance through the use of Bug Club Phonics, which is a dedicated phonics strand of Bug Club, a core reading programme that can be used for independent and guided reading from Reception to Year 6. The programme is a balanced approach to the teaching of reading using systematic synthetic phonics as outlined in Letters and Sounds. It simultaneously teaches the segmentation of words for spelling, and develops phonemic awareness skills.