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 At St Patrick's we use the Letters and Sounds scheme to teach phonics.
In schools using the Letters and Sounds programme, you would expect to see the following :

Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 should have a 15-20 minute phonics session every day. This session should be fast, fun and multisensory. Each session will follow a clear sequence as follows:


Introduction - The teacher will explain to the children what they will be learning today and get them enthusiastic and motivated for the session.


Revisit and review - The children will play a quickfire game to practise something they have learned before and help build their confidence.


Teach - The children will be taught a new phoneme/grapheme or a new skill - this will be taught in a fun multisensory way and may well involve: songs, actions, pictures, puppets, writing giant letters in the air.


Practise - The children play fast, fun games to practise the new thing they have just learned. Many of the games on this site will be used in this section of the session.


Apply - The children will have a quick go at reading or writing sentences that involve the new thing they have just learned.


Each of these sections lasts a few minutes at most.


Outside of the phonics session children should be given lots of opportunities to apply the new skills that they have learned in all the lessons that they do. The more opportunities they are given the sooner they will become confident with these skills.