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ALS: Letters and Sounds

At Highfields Primary School, we use the ALS: Letters and Sound approach to the quality first teaching of phonics, early reading and early writing. This approach demonstrates structure and routine so the children know exactly what they are learning and how to apply their knowledge in a wider context. It is mainly used in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 however, some children in Key Stage 2 also benefit from the strategies.

Children are taught to read using big books where the teacher's model what to do for the children, the children then have daily opportunities to practise their skills through guided reading and apply their learning.

Assessment forms an integral part of the approach so the progress of children is tracked carefully to ensure they do not fall behind in their learning.

If you would like to know about ALS: Letters and Sound and how to support your child at home, please speak to your child’s class teacher or for more information have a look at their website.