At Spring Hill we teach phonics to all children in Reception and Key Stage One. Our chosen phonics scheme is Read Write Inc, and all children have daily session of up to one hour, depending on age or ability.
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.
When teaching phonics we listen to each new sound (phoneme) first, learn how to pronounce it correctly and then teach the matching symbol (grapheme) for that sound. It is important to hear and say the sound correctly. Without this, it can be difficult to put the sounds together to 'blend' them into words. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Phonics Screening Check
It is a statutory requirement for schools to carry out a Phonics Screening Check with all Year 1 children to assess their ability to identify sounds and blend them to read words. Any children who do meet the standard required repeat the screening check again in Year 2. The Assessment is carried out using real and pseudo (nonsense/alien) words.
How can I support at home?
There are many ways to support at home
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