At St. George’s we teach synthetic phonics through The DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
At St. George’s we are extremely proud of our phonics teaching, which has been reflected in our recent results. We have been well above the national average for children passing the phonic screening check in Year 1 (see table below).