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All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

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All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

Phonics

At All Saints', Phonics is taught daily to all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 (and, sometimes, in Year 3, too).  We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach children the letters of the alphabet and their matching sounds.  We sometimes use songs and actions linked to Letters and Sounds to help us remember our sounds.

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught how to:

* Recognise the sounds (phonemes) that written letters (graphemes) make

* Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as 'sh' (two letters = digraph) and 'igh' (three letters = trigraph)

* Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to decode new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

The children are taught to read words by blending, which means pushing all the sounds together to make a word.  The children are taught to spell words by segmenting, which means sounding out words and writing down the sounds they can hear.

At All Saints', at the end of Reception, children are expected to be secure in Phase 3 and have experienced Phase 4. By the end of Year 1 children are expected to be secure in Phase 5.  When finishing Key Stage 1, children should be secure in Phase 6, which incorporates some additional spelling rules and patterns. 

Please find more information about the term of learning for our children and the Letters and Sounds Phonics order in the document below. 

 

Please find more information about the term of learning for our children and the Letters and Sounds Phonics order in the document below. 

It is important that children articulate individual sounds accurately. This is a great video that clearly shows phoneme production. 

This is an example of a Phonics lesson. All Phonics lessons have elements of reviewing previously learned knowledge; learning something new; lots of practice; and applying new learning or reading. 

There are some great games to support Phonics learning at home. These are some that we like and use in school. 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk 

www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy 

www.letters-and-sounds.com 

www.teachyourmonstertoread.com (also an app)  

 

 

 

 

As outlined above, we use lots of different methods to teach Phonics at All Saints'. Look below for more information about sound buttons, phoneme frames and robot arms. 

We use Floppy's Phonics resources to help us teach Letters and Sounds Phonics. All our sounds have an action and a song. See the actions and an example of a song below.