English

We follow the National Curriculum for English in New Silksworth Academy.

NSA Reading Policy Nov 2018.pdf

NSA English Policy Nov 2018.pdf

Synthetic phonics for EYFS and KS1

Letters and Sounds programme

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It builds children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as preparing 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.

Phonics Bug

Phonics Bug is a Foundation Stage and KS1 reading programme that makes teaching synthetic phonics fun and easy. It meets 100% of the DfE criteria for teaching systematic synthetic phonics, helping children succeed in their screening check! Phonics Bug is edited by Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson and is based on a seven-year study in Clackmannanshire that has proven systematic phonics to be the most effective way to teach children to read. The books encourage young readers with beautiful artwork, humour, loveable characters and topics they really want to read.