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How we teach phonics


This is where the children are taught about letter sounds and shapes, and which letters (or groups of letters) make which sounds.


Children are taught to say the sound, and recognise the letter (or group of letters) that makes that sound.  However, using phonics to help you read is not just about knowing the sounds that the letters make.  The children have to learn how to blend those individual sounds together to read words.  For example, c-a-t blended together says ‘cat’ and sh-o-p says ‘shop’.


The local authority has produced a booklet to support parents in their understanding of phonics teaching and learning.

In Reception Class, Year One and Year Two the children have a twenty minute phonics session every day.  The sessions are delivered by the teachers and teaching assistants in the Early Years and KS1.


The children are grouped for phonics according to what they know and what they can do. This means that they are taught specific next steps in small groups.


There is also an overview of the sequence of teaching in phonics.


We expect pupils to progress to Phase 3 within the Reception year.


In Year One, pupils will move through Phase 4 into Phase 5.


By the end of Year 1 the chidlren should have enough knowledge to successfully 'pass' the phonics screening test.

In Year Two, Phase 5 will be consolidated and Phase Six will be taught.


We expect our pupils to have a secure phonic knowledge by the time they move into Year Three.


Additional sessions and intervention takes place for those pupils who need to continue learning phonics in Key Stage 2.


This year we have a new tracking system for phonics. This will hopefully clearly show those children excelling and those who need more support.


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