Phonics at Wigmore
All phonics in EYFS and KS1 is taught following the Letters and Sounds document alongside the ‘Jolly Phonics Programme’. (We teach the letter sound with the actions as prescribed in the Jolly Phonics materials but follow the phases as set out in the Letters and Sounds Document)
The Letters and Sounds programme is devised in six phases. We have adopted the suggested daily teaching sequence set out in ‘Letters and Sounds’; Introduction, Revisit and Review, Teach, Practise, Apply and Assess learning against criteria. The ‘Apply’ stage allows teachers to contextualise the learnt phonemes or high frequency words within broad and rich reading material.
Teaching is multi-sensory, encompassing simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to enliven core learning. Phonics is taught in short, briskly paced sessions and then applied to reading and writing in a meaningful context. All activities are well matched to the children’s abilities and interests, and all classroom environments have an age appropriate display concentrating on both sounds and key words. At Wigmore we will provide ample opportunities to reinforce and apply acquired phonic knowledge and skills across the curriculum and in such activities as reading and both shared and guided writing.
Helping your child at home:
The best thing that you can do to help your child at home is to read with them every day. You will begin by reading to your child and talking to them about the stories you share. They will then start to recognise whole words and you can begin to encourage them to sound-out basic words e.g. c-a-t
When working with your child at home on letters and sounds, please be careful to pronounce sounds correctly.
You can also find lots of other great phonics videos on ‘You Tube’ linked to the letters and sounds that your child is learning. (Please speak to your child’s class teacher about which learning your child is currently working on.) These videos are great for learning new sounds. You may want to look at ‘Mr Thorne does phonics’ or ‘Kids vs Phonics’ for the sounds that your child is learning.
To practice applying your child’s phonics skills, you can access a range of other websites including:
Phonics Screening Check:
All children are required to take part in the statutory Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1. We will not specifically prepare children for this; rather, they will be told they have a ‘quiz’ and are encouraged to collect as many points as they can for the class team by reading the words before them. The Screening involves reading 40 words with an adult they know well. These are mixture of real words and pseudo (made up) words. The pseudo words are built with phonic strings they have learnt. The adult working with the child stop and start the screening as appropriate or stop before completion if it is right to do so for the child. Children may not be required to take part in some cases if there is a Special Educational Need. Children who do not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 will have the opportunity to repeat the test when they are in Year 2.