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Building Foundations for a Lifetime of Literacy with Phonics Programme at Network International School

Building Foundations for a Lifetime of Literacy with Phonics Programme at Network International School
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Dive into the world of phonics and guided reading at Network Primary School as we explore the transformative impact of daily phonics lessons for Key Stage 1 students. Discover how these lessons lay the foundation for a lifetime of reading, communication, and a passion for writing.

In contrast to the traditional word-by-word learning method, which involves memorising entire words without understanding their phonetic components. While this method may build a sight vocabulary, it may not provide learners with the tools to decode new words or grasp the underlying principles of English spelling. Phonics-based learning tends to empower readers with a more comprehensive set of skills, promoting not only reading proficiency but also a deeper grasp of language mechanics.
To give parents a glimpse into the phonics learning methods and how we teach students at school, in Term 1 this year, Tr Sonia - Head of Key Stage 1 at Network Primary School hosted a hands-on Parent Workshop which allowed parents to delve into the realm of phonics and guided reading. The workshop aimed to explain the significance of phonics in the Key Stage 1 learning journey and offer parents a firsthand experience of how phonics lessons are taught at Network. The morning transformed parents into KS1 students, creating an immersive experience for all.

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The crucial role of daily phonics lessons

Daily phonics lessons in Key Stage 1 play a crucial role in building a strong foundation for students' reading and writing skills. These lessons contribute significantly to a child’s literacy development by enhancing their ability to decode words. By teaching the relationship between the sounds of spoken language and corresponding letters and letter combinations, students are empowered to read words more easily and with greater confidence. As they master the art of recognising and blending sounds, their reading fluency improves, making them more independent readers.

Expanding vocabulary and improving comprehension

Phonics lessons not only improve reading fluency but also contribute to expanding students' vocabulary. Exposure to a variety of words and sentences during these lessons allows students to put their new sounds into practice. Understanding phonics rules and patterns enables students to read, comprehend, and use new words independently. This not only enhances their reading comprehension skills but also fosters better writing, enabling them to express themselves more clearly.

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Consistency for long-term retention

The key to successful phonics learning lies in short but consistent daily lessons. This approach ensures that students receive regular practice and reinforcement, which is essential for the long-term retention of phonics knowledge. In this way, all students at Network Primary School are scaffolded to build a solid foundation that will serve them throughout their learning journey.

Engaging and fun learning environment

Our dedicated teachers ensure that the phonics lessons are fun, engaging, hands-on and interactive. This approach not only promotes a love for reading and learning from an early age but also keeps students motivated and engaged learners. The enthusiasm for English and Literacy cultivated during these lessons continues to grow as students progress through their educational journey.

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Equipping students for a lifetime of literacy

In conclusion, daily phonics lessons at Network International Primary School for Key Stage 1 are pivotal in setting the stage for a lifetime of reading, effective communicating and developing a passion for writing. These lessons provide the necessary tools for success in navigating the world of words.

Tips for parents to support phonics learning at home:

  • Read stories and books together regularly. Your children can read to you, but they will also benefit from you reading to them.
  • Encourage your children to read to you and read to them.
  • In English-rich environments, read out loud signs you see outside and restaurant menus…
  • Practice the sounds learned at school together with your children, and review the words practised in their spelling books.
  • Don't hesitate to ask your class teacher if you have any questions or concerns!


Sonia Nguyen-Delestree
Key Stage 1 Leader & Year 1 Teacher
Network International School

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