All Aboard Phonics
At Easton Primary School we use the All Aboard Phonics program to teach systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) which has been created with the psychology of learning to read at the heart of it's design. The children embark on an exciting journey in Reception (EYFS) in engaging lessons, allowing them to build their confidence to become readers and writers.
Our SSP program's integrated intervention support, is endorsed by research and designed to support those with learning barriers to learn how to decode books and spell confidently. Pupils from EYFS to Year 2 will receive daily phonics lessons alongside the sophisticated intervention process for boosting the progress of any children showing signs of being at risk of falling behind.
Decodable Reading Books
All Aboard Phonics is supplemented by engaging decodable books. As soon as the children are able to identify a sound in Phase 2 phonics, they are able to take home a book which matches their phonetical understanding. Pupils who are pre-phonics will be able to access Project X pre-readers which introduces the prerequisite skills needed in phase 1 Letters and Sounds. Parents can also access online versions of the decodable books on the All Aboard Phonics App to support digital reading literacy and access at home.
In All Aboard Phonics, we introduce a single graphic image for each phoneme introduced. We refer to these images as pictophones. The onset sound of each name is the phoneme being represented. This makes the phonemes easier for the children to manipulate and remember. Children revise the pictophones to make them familiar which allows children to identify rules and patterns for different phonemes.
When children join Easton Primary School, an initial assessment is undertaken in EYFS to see if children have any existing knowledge and understanding of phonics, this sets a baseline for teaching. Pupils phonetical understanding is then tracked by teachers half-termly. At the end of the year in Year 1, pupil's will sit a Phonics Screening Check in line with national expectations. Any pupil's who did not meet the national benchmark to pass their phonics, will have another opportunity to resist the phonics screening check in Year 2.