Phonics

What is Phonics?

Phonics and Early Reading ideas

Our main phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds. It is a synthetic phonics scheme. 

While children are in Reception, Y1 and Y2, they are taught mostly as a whole class for phonics in their respective classrooms.  We have additional small group and 1:1 sessions for children who we think need extra support, the sessions last around 10 minutes and take place every day.

Our statutory data for Phonics at the end of Year 1 is 94% in 2018 and 94% 2019.

We don't revise for the phonics check because we cover everything in class in Reception and Year 1. The check takes about 5 minutes and isn't stressful. It is carried out by a class teacher.

If a pupil does not reach the 'required standard' (as set by the government) at the end of Year 1, they benefit from extra daily phonics support in Year 2 on top of class phonics.

If a pupil in Y3,4,5,6 requires extra phonic support - we use a phonics scheme called Sounds Write. The Sounds Write sessions take place 3-5 times per week for about 20 minutes and are 1:1.

This is how you say each of the 44 phonics sounds

Examples of the Year 1 phonics check can be found here.

Phonics at Holgate clip

Phonics tips for parents