Approach to Teaching Phonics
Aims and objectives
An explicit, synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of Phonics is important to ensure that children are successful, fluent readers and writers by the end of Key Stage One. At Ash Croft, we believe this is achievable through a combination of discrete phonics teaching lessons combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read, write and spell and research suggests that phonics is particularly beneficial for younger learners (4-7 year olds) as they begin to read (EEF, 2018).
What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read by breaking up words into small chunks of sound.
For example we can break a simple word like ‘cat’ into the three sounds c-a-t.
To become successful readers children will learn the individual sounds for each letter or group of letters. Some sounds in English are made up of more than one letter like the sound ‘ea’ in tea or team.
Once children know the sounds they will be able to ‘decode’ unfamiliar words by breaking the word into sounds then read the word by blending back together. For example:
sh — o — p = shop
The attached document details our approach. There is a video below if you would like a demonstration.
The Phonics Screening Check
All children in Year 1 do the Phonics Screening Check in June. Should children not make the standard in Year 1 they redo the Phonics Screening check in Year 2. Below are some useful resources to help your children read 'real' and 'nonsense' words.