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Phonics

Pupils start being taught phonics when they start school in Reception. Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups). Phonics is the primary method used by schools in the UK to teach reading.   

 

Children are taught phonics in small groups. We use Jolly Phonics http://jollylearning.co.uk/overview-about-jolly-phonics/ and follow the Letters and Sounds  http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ guidance. Our phonics teaching is supported by other resources and our wide range of reading books.

 

Phonics is taught in six phases.

  • At the end of Reception we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 3.
  • At the end of Year One we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 5.
  • At the end of Year Two we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 6.

 

Pupils in Year One, take the national phonics screening test to see if they have met the national expected standard. Children who don't meet the required standard will have additional phonics tuition and have the chance to retake the test during the summer term of Year Two.

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