At Strathmore, we teach phonics through a scheme called Monster Phonics. We believe that for all children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a synthetic and structured phonics programme.
Monster Phonics uses grapheme-phoneme correspondence as the first and foremost approach. Teaching is supported by using colour and monster sound cues to make the grapheme-phoneme correspondence explicit and easier to learn. Directly linking each grapheme and sounds within words makes learning easier and fun. Once a grapheme has been taught, the colour is removed. Not only does this accelerate the learning of phonics, high-frequency words (including common exception words) are also easier to learn.
Phonics is taught daily for children working at Phases 1-5. Each session will follow the same format of introduce, revisit and review, teach, practise and apply. This ensures that children learn new sounds whilst applying taught sounds to their reading of new words. Children work on decoding, segmenting and blending in every lesson. Children are exposed to and use the correct subject specific technical vocabulary (such as phoneme, digraph, trigraph). These children have an additional 3 reading practise sessions per week, to help build fluency in decoding.
How we teach phonics
Reading Practice Sessions
How do we assess phonic knowledge?
Here is a link to the 'For Parents' section of the Monster Phonics website: https://monsterphonics.com/helping-parents-to-support-their-children/
The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their phonemes (sounds) and writing their graphemes (letters). When your child starts at Strathmore, you will be given a log in to access the parent section of the Monster Phonics website.
In November 2022, we held Monster Phonics Parent Workshops to support all parents to support their children with phonics at home. Please click below to see the workshop slides, if you have any questions, please as to speak to your child's class teacher.