Phonics

St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Phonics

At St. Patrick’s, we teach phonics every day for 20 minutes in year groups, from Nursery  to year 2. We recognise that success in learning phonics comes from frequent repetition, a “little and often” approach. We are committed to our “every day” approach to phonics and even when we have other activities planned, for example a visit out of school, we always ensure that a short phonics session is included as part of the day, either before or after the trip.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which is the systematic phonics programme published by the government. Letters and Sounds is split into 6 phases.

Nursery

In Nursery, the children start with Phase 1. The main aim of this phase is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. This phase continues throughout the subsequent phases.

 

Reception

Soon after starting school, we begin Phase 2, when children start to recognise letters and the sounds that they make. They are also given opportunities to practise blending for reading and segmenting for writing as soon as they recognise a few letters. Phase 3 is covered in the spring term. This introduces digraphs and trigraphs. In the summer term, we complete Phase 4. No new phonemes are introduced, but the phonemes that the children know are used to create clusters.

Year 1

In Year 1, we cover Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase, the children learn alternative spellings of the graphemes that they know. For example: Reception children know the grapheme ‘oi’, as in boil. In Year 1, the children learn ‘oy’, as in boy. They also learn ‘split digraphs’ e.g. a-e as in game i-e as in pine.

Year 2

In Year 2, we cover Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds. The aim throughout this phase is for children to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers. The work that they will cover during this year will include changing words to the past tense, adding suffixes and learning how to spell longer words.

Useful Websites

 For further information see http://www.letters-and-sounds.com

 The articulation of phonemes is most important. It is crucial in helping your child to learn how to read and write. This is a clip of a teacher saying the sounds as we teach them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

To help the children remember the phonemes, we also teach ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to accompany each sound. See the link below for actions for Phase 2 sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJdn6sbbsk

We use a range of games to reinforce the learning of phonics. Phonics play has a range of resources to aid your child through the 6 phonics phases. We use this in school to support the children’s learning and it accessible for pupils to use at home as well. www.phonicsplay.co.uk

St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Phonics

At St. Patrick’s, we teach phonics every day for 20 minutes in year groups, from Nursery  to year 2. We recognise that success in learning phonics comes from frequent repetition, a “little and often” approach. We are committed to our “every day” approach to phonics and even when we have other activities planned, for example a visit out of school, we always ensure that a short phonics session is included as part of the day, either before or after the trip.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which is the systematic phonics programme published by the government. Letters and Sounds is split into 6 phases.

Nursery

In Nursery, the children start with Phase 1. The main aim of this phase is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. This phase continues throughout the subsequent phases.

 

Reception

Soon after starting school, we begin Phase 2, when children start to recognise letters and the sounds that they make. They are also given opportunities to practise blending for reading and segmenting for writing as soon as they recognise a few letters. Phase 3 is covered in the spring term. This introduces digraphs and trigraphs. In the summer term, we complete Phase 4. No new phonemes are introduced, but the phonemes that the children know are used to create clusters.

Year 1

In Year 1, we cover Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase, the children learn alternative spellings of the graphemes that they know. For example: Reception children know the grapheme ‘oi’, as in boil. In Year 1, the children learn ‘oy’, as in boy. They also learn ‘split digraphs’ e.g. a-e as in game i-e as in pine.

Year 2

In Year 2, we cover Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds. The aim throughout this phase is for children to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers. The work that they will cover during this year will include changing words to the past tense, adding suffixes and learning how to spell longer words.

Useful Websites

 For further information see http://www.letters-and-sounds.com

 The articulation of phonemes is most important. It is crucial in helping your child to learn how to read and write. This is a clip of a teacher saying the sounds as we teach them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

To help the children remember the phonemes, we also teach ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to accompany each sound. See the link below for actions for Phase 2 sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJdn6sbbsk

We use a range of games to reinforce the learning of phonics. Phonics play has a range of resources to aid your child through the 6 phonics phases. We use this in school to support the children’s learning and it accessible for pupils to use at home as well. www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

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