Phonics At St Anne's
Phonics is key to young children learning to read. At St Anne's, children from Nursery - Year 2 have daily phonic lessons. We follow the "Letters & Sounds" document. This document suggests six clear phases to ensure that there is a systematic teaching of phonics. Phonics is taught in whole class lessons of between 15-30 minutes, depending upon year group.
In Nursery children learn the basic skills of listening and differentiating environmental sounds and words from Phase 1. Children also being to learn the initial letter sounds from Phase 2. Through Reception, children continue to hone their listening skills and their knowledge and use of the letters of the alphabet from Phase 2. They begin to read and spell simple 3 letter regular words and the 'tricky words' are introduced. They also learn the first set of digraphs (two letters that go together to make one sound - ai, ee, or etc.) and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound - igh, air, ear & ure.) in Phase 3 and know how to segment and blend words to read and spell regular words. They also begin to read and spell words with adjacent consonant clusters through Phase 4. Moving in to Year 1 sees children reviewing those skills learned in Reception and moving on to learn the alternative digraphs in Phase 5. They begin to learn the spelling patterns in words. Children at the end of Year 1 take part in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. In Year 2, children review all the digraph alternatives and move on to the spelling and grammar rules within Phase 6. These phonics skills are continued and developed into KS2.
From the start of their phonics experience, children are supported and challenged throughout. TA's work with the children during whole class teaching and intervention or support groups are regular parts of the school day.