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Phonics and Early Reading

At Stoke Prior First School we follow the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) phonics programme. 

ELS is a synthetic phonics programme which we use to help children learn to read in Reception and Key Stage 1.

How is ELS taught?

With ELS, there is a daily phonics lesson where the teacher teaches a new sound, or reviews sounds learned earlier in the week. This is shown to the class on the whiteboard.

Children learn the letters that represent the sounds. They are then asked to read words and sentences with the new sounds in. Children will also practise writing the letters that represent the sounds.

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