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Phonics

Welcome to our Phonics page. Here you will find information about phonics and how important and integral phonics they are in learning to read.

We have begun to upload short, quality phonics videos taught by members of our staff. Children will recognise staff and the methods we use in school. These videos can be used to introduce your child to phonics using the correct pronunciation and as a revision tool. 

Information about phonics

Phonics is taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons across Early Years and KS1 in groups differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development. The DFE Letters and Sound programme is followed, providing a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics.

Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned. The phonic sessions are fun, fast paced, interactive and multi-sensory.  

 Phases of the Phonics Programme

Children in Nursery begin with Phase 1 which provides a range of listening activities through play, to develop their listening skills. Progress is tracked at the end of each term. As children move into Reception they continue to build upon the listening activities and are introduced to Phase 2 which marks the start of systematic phonic work. Grapheme-phoneme correspondence is introduced. The process of segmenting whole words and selecting letters to represent those phonemes is taught writing the letters to encode words. Phase 3 completes the teaching of the alphabet and then moves on to cover sounds represented by more than one letter, learning one representation for each of the 44 phonemes. At this stage just one grapheme (spelling) is given for each phoneme. When children become secure they continue into Phase 4 where they start to read and spell words containing adjacent consonants. No new phonemes are introduced at this phase. It is expected that children will enter Phase 5 as they begin year 1, broadening their knowledge of graphemes and phonemes for use in reading and spelling. They will learn new graphemes and alternative pronunciations for these and graphemes they already know, where relevant. It is expected that children entering Year 2 will start Phase 6 which develops a variety of spelling strategies including homophones (word specific spellings) eg see/ sea, spelling of words with prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters where necessary. Also the accurate spelling of words containing unusual grapheme-phoneme correspondences eg laughs, two.

Phase 2 Phonics videos

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