Many thanks to all the parents who came to find out more information about the Year 1 phonics screening which will take place in the week beginning June 15th. We hope you found the presentation helpful and informative and show you ways in which you can help support your child at home. We have been working hard in phonics sessions in school to prepare the children for the screening and making sure they are familiar with blending and segmenting and reading both real and nonsense words. Links on this website to the phonic games will help your child along with daily reading opportunities.
Previous Phonics screening test papers can be found HERE
For more information see the downloads below.
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught
Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 to 7.
Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.
Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’.
Children receive daily phonics sessions in Early Years and KS1. Those children who require phonics in KS2 also receive Phonics sessions. During phonics, children learn how to ‘blend to read’ - a vital strategy in learning to read.
In Early Years and KS1, children receive a 20 minute session which is whole class based. All children receiving phonics are assessed at the end of every half term by their class teacher. This information is analysed by the assistant headteacher to inform next steps in teaching.
Phase 1 develops children’s ability to hear and distinguish sounds around them. It focuses on oral blending and segmenting and rhyming.
Phase 2 introduces letter sounds for reading and writing with a set of letters being taught weekly. It begins to look at blending for reading and segmenting for writing. A selection of ‘tricky words’ are taught during Phase 2.
Phase 3 introduces the rest of the individual letter sounds and diagraphs. Children will continue blending and segmenting and further tricky words are taught. Children will also learn the letters of the alphabet during this phase.
Phase 4 helps build on the previous understanding of blending and segmenting and children gain experience of using words that have adjacent consonants such as trap, milk. No new sounds are taught.
Phase 5 introduces alternative graphemes for phonemes e.g. children will know /ai/ as in rain from phase 3 but they will learn that /ay/ as in day and /a_e/ as in make also make the /ai/ sound. They will also learn alternative pronunciations for graphemes e.g. ea – tea, head, break.
Phase 6 allows children to become fluent readers and accurate spellers.
At Lowfield we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work and use Jolly Phonics alongside to help support different activities.
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Lowfield Primary School
Sheffield S2 4NJ
Tel: 0114 2552501
Headteacher: Mr C Holder