Phonics

    Chris Davis

    Phonics Coordinator

    At Floreat Montague Park we want every child to be successful, fluent readers and writers by the end of Key Stage One and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching 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.

     

    Phonics at Floreat

    At Floreat Montague Park, children take part in daily phonics sessions in Early Years and Key Stage 1, which help them learn to read and write. Please see below our Phonics Vision for the school:

     

    Letters and Sounds

    As a school, we closely follow the Letters & Sounds progression, which is a sequence of teaching phases with the aim of children becoming fluent readers.

    There are six progressive phases within Letters & Sounds:

    • Phase 1 (Nursery) - Supports children's developing speaking and listening skills and linking of letters and sounds. The focus is on listening to and repeating sounds.
    • Phase 2 (Reception) - Introduces simple letter-sound correspondences. As each set of letters are introduced, children are encouraged to sound out and blend words.
    • Phase 3 (Reception) - Builds on the letter-sound correspondences taught in Phase 2. Children learn consonant digraphs and vowel digraphs and trigraphs.
    • Phase 4 (Reception) - Consolidates learnt correspondences and children learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants (e.g. trap, milk, strong, crept).
    • Phase 5 (Year 1) - Children learn some new graphemes for reading, learn alternative pronunciations for known graphemes and alternative spellings for known phonemes.
    • Phase 6 (Year 2) - As children read with increasing fluency, this phase focuses on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling letters and dropping letters.
     

    Pronunciation of Sounds

    It is important for all adults and children to use pure sounds as demonstrated in this video: