At Hill Avenue Academy we are committed to the delivery of
excellence in the teaching of Phonics. Our aim is to develop each child so that
they are able to read with fluency as well as develop a love of reading that
will stay with our children all their lives and prepare their for their future

In order to help children develop their reading abilities, we
use the systematic and structured Phonics Programme Floppy’s Phonics.
Floppy’s Phonics is in line with the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) teaching
principles described in the ‘English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 –
National curriculum in England’ which is statutory from September 2014.

The Floppy’s Phonics programme teaches the letter/s-sound
correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively
for reading and spelling.  It includes the characters of Floppy the dog,
Biff, Chip and Kipper and their family and friends, which engages children
fully for the phonics teaching & learning, vocabulary enrichment and language

Initially children's listening skills are developed through the
use of music, environmental sounds and rhyme. During their journey through the
Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 they are taught the 44 phonemes
(sounds) that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These
phonemes include those made by just one letter 'b as in bed' and those that are
made by two 'ai as in rain or three letters 'igh as in high'. 

Children are taught the key skills of blending sounds together
for reading and segmenting (breaking up) words for spelling. 

As the children grow in confidence and experience, they are
introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound, eg 'ee' can be
represented as 'ee, as in bee', 'ea as in tea', 'e-e as in theme' and 'e as in
we'. They also learn when to apply simple spelling rules and use verbs in the
correct tense. 

We ensure that our teaching of phonics is rigorous, structured
and enjoyable. In Reception to Year 2, children have discrete, daily phonics
sessions where they are introduced to new phonemes, explore, practise and
revise previous learning and have plenty of opportunities to apply the
knowledge they have. 

We use a range of multi-sensory strategies to enthuse and engage
the children, including the use of interactive whiteboards, magnetic letters,
grapheme tiles, speaking and listening, and practical activities. Children work
with pace and are encouraged to apply their knowledge across the whole

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Hill Avenue Academy

Hill Avenue,
Wolverhampton WV4 6PY
Telephone: 01902 558750