At Aspire Academy Bexley, we follow the Phonics Play scheme to teach phonics. Phonics Play aims 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 to children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers. Phonics sessions are taught throughout KS1 and then consolidated within specific English ability groups in KS2. Children will have a 15-20 minute phonics session at least 4 times a week during their English lessons.

The phonic sessions will include a mixture of written work and interactive games during which the children will be recognising, learning and identifying sounds, blending sounds to make words and practicing writing them through dictation of words and sentences.