Phonics and Reading
At All Saints we follow Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds to teach your child phonics.
Phonics is taught through a highly structured approach of daily lessons across the school. In order to meet the needs of all the children, teaching is often in groups , differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development.
The Letters and Sound scheme is followed, providing a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. In Reception we use Jolly Phonics which is a multi-sensory approach to teaching phonics using songs and actions. As children continue through the school they use the actions and songs as a memory aide to learn. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practice together and apply what they have learnt.
In foundation Stage and key stage 1 we use the Songbirds reading scheme. This reading scheme compliments letters and sounds by using the sounds worked on in phonics in the texts. By using this scheme it reinforces children's phonic knowledge making them confident readers.
What is the Phonics Screen?
At the end of Year 1, normally the beginning of June, children in Year 1 will sit The Phonics Screening Check . This is an informal check that is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help going into Year 2. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete,
containing 40 words. For more information click on the Phonic Screen link.
We do not follow a specific reading scheme in school. children can read book from a range of schemes e.g. Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat Phonics.
What is Letters and Sounds?
Letters and Sounds is a six-phase programme designed to help teach children to read and spell with phonics.
Phase One (Nursery /Reception) The aim of this phase is to foster children’s speaking and listening skills as preparation for learning to read with phonics. Parents can play a vital role in helping their children develop these skills, by encouraging their children to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do.
Phase Two – Four (Reception / Year One) Phase Two is when systematic, high quality phonic work begins. During Phase Two to Four, children learn:
How to represent each of the 42 sounds by a letter or sequence of letters.
How to blend sounds together for reading and how to segment (split) words for spelling.
Letter names e.g. through an alphabet song. There is some debate as to when letter names should be introduced, but it is generally best to leave teaching letter names until children are secure with the alphabet letter sounds, as these are what are important when learning to read with phonics.
How to read and spell some high frequency ‘tricky’ words containing sounds not yet learnt (e.g. they, my, her, you).
The Letters and Sounds Programme suggests an order for teaching the letters, and a fast pace of one Set per week. It recognises, however, that children’s personal experience of letters varies enormously. Most importantly, it progresses from the simple to the more complex aspects of phonics at a pace that is suitable for the children who are learning.
Phase Five (Year 1/ Year 2) Children learn new ways of representing the sounds and practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
Phase Six (Year 2) During this phase, children become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.
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Click on the links to play phonic games