Learning to read is a fundamental skill for life. Throughout the school children are immersed in an environment rich in print.
At Highfield Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics teaching programme and also support this with Jolly Phonics to aid us with our teaching. Jolly Phonics has songs and actions that help the children remember the sounds.
Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The lessons are practical and interactive, incorporating games, internet resources and whiteboard work.
In Reception the Phonics teaching focuses on Phase 2 and Phase 3. In Year 1 we recap on Phase 2 and teach Phases 3, 4 and 5. This prepares the children for the Phonics Screening Check which takes place at the end of Year 1. Once the children are in Year 2 they recap on Phase 5 and are taught the alternative pronunciations of known graphemes and the alternative spelling for individual phonemes. If children do not pass the Phonics Screening Check they will recap their previous learning of Phase 2, 3 and 4.
For more detailed information please see the attached links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s-1sxzjPX8 – Jolly Phonics Songs video
The order in which we teach the sounds to the children is as follows:
s, a, t, p
i, n, m, d
g, o, c, k
ck, e, u, r
h, b, f, ff
l, ll, s, ss
j, v, w, x
y, z, z z, qu
ch, sh, th, ng
ai, ee, oa, oo
ar, or, er, ur
ow, oi, igh
air, ear, ure
The children are not exposed new sounds but use their knowledge of the sounds that have previously been taught to decode longer words.
ay, ea, ou, ie
oy, aw, ue, ir
wh, ph, ew, oe, au
split digraphs – a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e
To help your child develop their phonics it is essential to hear your child read out loud each day.