How we teach Phonics at St Paul’s
At St Paul’s we want every child to be successful. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read and write. Phonics is a way of teaching early readers to match the sounds with the letter shapes.
We start teaching phonics in Nursery and continue throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Some children in Years 3 to 6 may continue to be taught phonics if this is needed to help with their reading skills.
Phonics is taught through discrete phonic sessions, regular reading sessions and will often be referred to throughout the school day linking it with many of the other curriculum subjects.
If you are a parent and are unsure of how to best support your child at home with phonics then please do speak to your child’s class teacher who will be more than happy to help. They will be able to advise you on the phonic phase your child is currently learning in class.
Alternatively, there are many useful websites to help parents and children understand how to use phonics when you are reading at home.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics using the Letters and Sounds Programme, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. The daily phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1 classes gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned. This is continued through whole class guided reading sessions in KS2 where children are encouraged to use segmenting and blending as one strategy for decoding unfamiliar words. Alongside phonics and whole class reading the children will focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school.
The ones we would recommend are:
www.letters-and-sounds.com A very good website regularly used by teachers and parents. It explains the order the phonic phases are taught in at school and has lots of fun, interactive games and resources available to help support children with their learning.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/the-alphablocks-guide-to-phonics The BBC website follows the phases that phonics are taught in and clearly demonstrates the phonic sound that should be made for each letter. It also has many different games, puzzles and programmes all linked to learning to read and the use of phonics.
This website has many interactive games to help support children while they are learning phonics. Please note that some parts of this website need a subscription but there are several interesting and useful games that you can access for free.
This website is a great starting block game to help children with sounding out. We recommend phases one to five.