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St Joseph's Catholic and Church of England Primary School

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Phonics

 

 

At St Joseph's phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds, a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught daily, phonemes (sounds) are taught and then applied in reading and writing. The children will bring home a reading book which enables them to practice the phonemes they have learnt in school.

 

The school uses materials from the Read Write INc programme to support the children's phonics learning, one such teaching technique is to use rhymes so that children remember the phoneme- for example, 'ay-may I play?'

A Typical Phonics Lesson

In NurseryPhase One phonics is taught daily and is a focus on listening and hearing sounds in the environment. Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

 

In Reception, phases 2 and 3 from Letters and Sounds are taught. A phonics session is made up of 4 parts:
• Revisit and review
• Teach
• Practise
• Apply
All sessions give an opportunity for children to segment and blend real words, nonsense words and to read and write common exception words. Children are also given revision sessions throughout the year to allow them to practice and apply their phonics skills in different ways -practically and in a written form.

In Year 1, phases 4 and 5 from Letters and Sounds are taught. A phonics session is made up of 4 parts:
• Revisit and review
• Teach
• Practise
• Apply
All sessions give an opportunity for children to segment and blend real words, nonsense words and read and write common exception words. Children are also given revision sessions throughout the year to allow them to practice and apply their phonics skills in different ways- practically and in a written form.

 

Phonics Screening Test

In year 1 the children take a 'Phonics Screening Test' which tests the children on their ability to read. The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. The test consists of 40 words and non-words, which the children read one-to-one with the class teacher. The teacher will then identify any gaps in learning which will be passed onto the year 2 teacher.

 

Reading Books linked to phonemes taught: 

Reading books In Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are organised into phonic phases. Your child will be assessed by the class teacher and assigned a book.  As your child progresses they will be moved along the phases, you will be informed of the changes in their reading records. The books come from Project X Phonics, Hero Academy and Alien Adventures which are all published by Oxford Reading Tree.