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Every child accesses phonics at their level on a daily basis. Staff at Delius work hard to ensure all pupils are extending their knowledge of the world of sounds around them. Below you will find our Phonics policy and some ideas of activities you could do at home.

Phonics at Delius

At Delius Special School we use a systematic synthetic approach to teaching phonics. This may be in a specific phonics lesson or through listening skills in different lessons.

Children at Delius are accessing a multi-sensory synthetic phonics programme. For our children working towards the environmental stage of phonics we are supporting them working on:

  • Attention and eye contact
  • Engagement
  • Listening skills
  • Communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal)
  • Music skills which support them understanding beat, rhythm which in turn helps them to segment sentences and syllables the precursors to learning phonics.
  • An interest in the world of sound around them

A key step in developing our children’s reading/phonic skills is developing their understanding of symbols and objects of reference. An object of reference is an object that relates to the activity that the child will completing e.g. a spoon for dinner, a cap for a drink. All children in school have access to these resources and staff have regular training to help skill them in these areas.

Phonics Schemes

Staff are free to use whichever phonics schemes they feel will meet the needs of their pupils but the commercial systems used in school are:

  • Letters and Sounds.
  • Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc.
  • Jolly Phonics.