Phonics

Covid-19 Updates

We understand that many children will have been impacted by their time away from school, particularly year groups that did not physically come into school from March to September. In response to any gaps in learning that have been created due to the pandemic we have implemented the following.

  • Phonics lessons usually finish at the end of Year 2 when the children complete Phase 6. This year, our Year 3's are receiving phonics teaching which is integrated into SPaG lessons and standalone phonics lessons to catch up on any gaps in learning.
  • Our Year 2's are receiving two phonics lessons daily to revise sounds and teach new sounds in order to catch up on lost time. The children in Year 2 will sit their Phonics Screening Test (that was due at the end of Year 1) before the Christmas break and Year 3's who were due to resit their screening will resit this at the same time. 
  • Our Year 1's are also receiving two phonics lessons daily to to revise sounds and teach new sounds in order to catch up on lost time. Year 1 children will sit their Phonics Screening Test as normal during the week beginning Monday 10 May to Thursday 13 May 2021.

 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.