Across Reception and Key stage 1 the children receive a daily 15 minute discrete phonics lesson. The children are grouped according to ability – so that all children receive teaching specific to their needs.
• Phase 1 looks at sounds around us – this is typically delivered in Nursery;
• Phase 2 introduces the alphabet to children;
• Phase 3 begins to pair letters to make new sounds;
• Phase 4 looks at reading and spelling 4 letter words;
• Phase 5 concentrates on all the different ways we can write sounds in the English
Language – this is delivered in Year 1;
• Phase 6 looks at sentence structure, verbs, nouns and past tense – this is covered in
It is really important that children see the connection between the sounds (phonemes) they learn in their phonics lessons, and the skills we develop in reading and writing – this knowledge is applied across the whole of the English curriculum; and the more we practise these skills the more children will become confident in using them.
The reading scheme used across school is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, supplemented with specific phonic based texts called ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ and a scheme called ‘Read, Write, Inc’.
We also use ‘Reading Eggs’ which is an electronic resource that makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
And it really works!
Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.
If you require more information about our Phonics/Reading, please feel free to drop-in to school to have a chat with Mrs Shanks who will be happy to help.
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