At St Clement’s, Phonics is the process that is used to help children break down words into sounds, as well as building letter and word recognition. This can then enable children to use unknown words in the future. Children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read the words. At St. Clement’s, we value reading as a key life skill, and we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.
At St Clements we start teaching phonics during Nursery using the letters and sounds scheme. We also use the Lancashire fast-track phonics scheme to support pupils with EAL. The teaching of phonics progresses in phases. Phase 1 – Environmental sounds, later moving on to phase 2 where we start to introduce the most common letter sounds, S A T P I N. As the children progress we move through the phases. In Reception class most children learn phases 2, 3 and 4 moving on to phases 4 to 5 in year 1. During phase 5, children will also learn the alternative pronunciation for each sound e.g. g can make j, c/s, ch/c/sh and many more. Then finally phase 6 in year 2 where the focus is more on spelling and rules for spelling.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Test:
Every Year 1 child across the country has to take a phonics screening test with their teacher. Here is a YouTube link that you could do at home with your child. See if they can say the nonsense (alien) words in readiness for their phonics check in June. We encourage our pupils to sound out the sounds first then blend them back together.
Here are a list of digraphs and trigraphs our pupils will need to know by the end of year 1 and all of these will be included in the Year One Phonics Screening Check: