At Alexander McLeod, phonics is taught daily to all children in Reception and Key Stage One. We use the Letters and Sounds sequence, supported by songs and actions from Jolly Phonics.
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 aims 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. By the time they have finished Key Stage One, most children at Alexander McLeod are secure in Phase Six sounds. This phase moves away from learning sounds and focuses on spelling rules and patterns.
At the end of Year One, all the children in the country take part in a Phonics Screening Check. They will read 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.
If you would like to know any more about phonics or the Phonics Screening Check please ask any of the EYFS and KS1 teachers or Miss Farrall, our English Leader.