At SMSG, we follow Essential Letters and Sounds which we use as a consistent approach to teach phonics across the school. We have fidelity to this single approach across the school. ELS was validated by the Department for Education in June 2021.
Essential Letters and Sounds is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme, validated by the Department for Education.
By distilling Letters and Sounds to its purest form, – its essence – we ensure every phonics lesson is taught to the highest standard. Essential Letters and Sounds is an SSP where only the essential elements are included.
The name reflects the key principles of the programme; simplicity and consistency.
What does the programme offer our school