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Teaching of Phonics at Whetstone Field

What is Phonics?

Synthetic phonics is the method that involves examining every letter within the word as an individual sound, in the order in which they appear and then blending those sounds together. The goal of phonics is to enable children who are beginning their journey to become readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns to enable them to read unknown words.

Who uses Phonics in Whetstone Field?

The teaching of phonics primarily takes place in EYFS and Key Stage One. The children will be taught using Collins Song of Sounds. Through this scheme, they will be taught all the sounds they will need to help them learn to read and write. In Key Stage 2 they build upon this teaching and will refer the child back to the sound chart to help the spelling of unknown words.

Phonic Screening check

In Year 1, a Phonic Screening Check will take place in the Summer Term.  This will check the child’s ability to use their phonic knowledge to read a list of 40 words, which will consist of real and nonsense words (alien words).

Section 1 of the check – 20 words, will consist of 12 nonsense words and 8 real words. The words will use the single letter sounds and the easy two letter sounds (diagraphs)

e.g. m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w x z sh th ch qu ng nk ff ll ss zz

Section 2 of the check – 20 words, will consist of 8 nonsense words and 12 real words. The words in this section will be much trickier and tend to be longer and have more than one syllable.

e.g. ay   ee  igh  ow  oo  oo  ar  or  air  ir  ou  oy  a-e  i-e  o-e  u-e  ea ai  oa  ew  oi       

    ire  ear  er  aw  ow  ure  are  ur  ph  

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