As part of our strategy to support student recovery from school lockdowns, the English department is delivering a phonics programme to every student in Year 7.
Phonics isn’t just for Primary school children – it is something that we all use with a new or unfamiliar word. Phonics is the skill of breaking down (or segmenting) a word into its parts, then blending them together. Everybody uses this in their reading, writing and spelling when faced with new jargon or vocabulary. Many adults do this automatically so don’t realise that they are doing it!
Extensive research has shown that even fluent readers will benefit from phonics refreshers to ensure that their knowledge of the building blocks of vocabulary is secure.
Currently, we are working on providing a series of videos on the English department’s area of the website. Our intention is to provide parents with the help they need to support their daughters at home.
We’ll update you with more news when this is available.
Mrs Woodhouse, English Department