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 Twinkl Phonics Scheme. This scheme suggests six clear levels to ensure that there is a systematic teaching of phonics. Phonics is taught in whole class lessons of between 10-30 minutes, depending upon year group.
In Nursery children learn the basic skills of listening and differentiating environmental sounds and words from Level 1. Children also begin to learn the first set of initial letter sounds from Level 2 if/when ready. Through Reception, children continue to hone their listening skills and their knowledge and use of the letters of the alphabet from Level 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 Level 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 Level 4 and words with more than one syllable. Moving in to Year 1 sees children reviewing those skills learned in Reception and moving on to learn the alternative digraphs in Level 5. They also 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 Level 6. These phonics skills are continued and developed into KS2.
From the start of their phonics experience, children are supported and challenged throughout. Teaching Assistants work with the children during whole class teaching. Intervention or support groups are regular parts of the school day. Children are encouraged to use their phonics skills throughout the curriculum and not just in phonics sessions. All infant classes have relevant support materials displayed in class for children to use throughout the day.
Home reading books have been carefully lined up with the Twinkl Phonics Scheme. Children read books that are at their level of development.
Staff are continually making observations of children’s development and progress. Regular checks are made to identify gaps in children’s knowledge. Support and interventions are then put in place to ensure they don’t fall behind.