What is phonics?
‘Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.
Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.’ (The National Literacy Trust)
Phonics primarily teaches the children to:
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
A high quality phonics programme is the prime approach to decoding print. This enables children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills systematically by the age of five with the expectation that they will have secured word recognition skills and be fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.
At Manor Green we use First Class in Phonics, a published scheme which carefully matches the principles in the DFE Letters and Sounds and the requirements which are now needed to achieve the expected standard in the year 1 phonics screening check (see below).
At Manor Green the children are taught in a whole class approach so that all children have the opportunity to make accelerated progress. Discrete phonics sessions are 20 minutes, consisting of a four part lesson: revisit, teach, practise, apply.
Below is a useful video for parents in order to help them to pronounce sounds correctly when helping their child at home;
What is the phonics screening check?
The phonics screening check is national test to assess the children’s knowledge of sounds (phonemes) and their skills at segmenting and blending. It helps us to confirm whether your child has made the expected progress by the end of year 1. It takes place at the beginning of June.
How does the check work?
After the check
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