Phonics Information for Parents
Children are taught to hear, say and recognise individual sounds as soon as they enter our Nursery. An emphasis is placed on active listening and correct pronunciation. Through an exciting and engaging curriculum, we encourage pupils to develop their spoken vocabulary to enable them to recognise and use sounds. As they grow and develop, pupils are encouraged to transfer the sounds they hear into their writing. This can be done via tracing letters in the sand, painting, using play-doh or chalk, and other writing materials. Music and rhyme are used extensively to encourage the learning of phonics. The school uses the ‘All Aboard!’ phonics program validated by the Department for Education. All Aboard Phonics uses the synthetic phonics method, which means that the letter sounds are taught first and then children are taught to blend sounds together to say words. The program follows a systematic approach, meaning that the letter sounds are introduced in a specific sequence.
By the end of Nursery, we expect that all pupils will be able to write their own name and some of the first letter sounds. As pupils move into Reception, they continue to develop their reading and blending of sounds. This is supported by the school’s reading scheme. To teach the reading of phonics, we use a variety of schemes, including 'All Aboard!' decodable texts, Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, and Phonics Bug. By the end of Reception, we expect all pupils to have completed Phase 3 phonics, and some to be starting Phase 4. This is continued into Year 1, where children complete phase 5 and sometimes 6. Pupils complete the phonics screening test at the end of Year 1. In 2019, 84% of pupils achieved the required mark compared with 74% nationally.