At Alexander McLeod , Phonics is taught daily to all children in Reception and Key Stage One. We use the Letter and Sounds sequence, supported by songs and actions from Jolly Phonics. Using these actions supports the children to link them to phonemes. The children will have access to the sound mat below during school time and the teachers are happy to provide you with one if you request it.
Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and aim to give them a real love of reading.
By the end of Reception children are expected to know all Phase Three sounds and be working within Phase Four. By the end of Year One, all children are expected to know all Phase Five sounds. This phase moves away from learning sounds and focuses on spelling rules and patterns. Please see the order of teaching in the picture below.
Phonics Screening Test
During May, all children in the country take part in a national Phonics Screening Check. They will read a total of 40 real and nonsense words using their knowledge and understanding of phonics and will receive a pass or fail mark. If children do not pass this check in Year One, they will resit in Year Two. This test is statutory however we insist that children are relaxed, comfortable and prepared for this exercise. It is conducted in a calm, nurturing environment where children will feel supported by an adult that they know well.
If you would like to know about phonics or the Phonics Screening Check please speak with any of the EYFS/KS1 teachers or Miss Farrall, our English Leader.