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At Over St. John's, we follow the DfE-approved, Monster Phonics Scheme. Monster Phonics is a  whole-class Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme with Decodable Books for children in Reception and Key Stage 1. At Over St. John's we use Monster Phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It is  also used within school as a rapid intervention for children who require further support.

Monster Phonics teaches children to confidently read  by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. Monster Phonics provides a is multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning Phonics. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. 

The colour-coded grapheme system is unique to Monster Phonics; each coloured grapheme is paired with a monster character that makes the same sound to give audio-visual prompts that help children ‘see’ each sound within a word and pronounce it correctly. The monsters are sound cues to help children remember how to read and pronounce graphemes correctly. The colours are effective in the teaching and learning of new sounds and can be removed when the teacher believes the children are confident with the sounds they are learning.

Meet the monsters and characters from Monster Phonics.

Each Phonics lesson, follows the same five-point structure of review, teach, hook, activity and plenary.

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 Teachers carry out ongoing formative and summative assessment of the children within their class and provide rapid intervention sessions, pre teach sessions or precision teach sessions for children who may need it. Our Phonics assessment is carried out through Phonics Tracker.

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