Welcome to our Phonics Page!
At Paulton Infant School Children learn phonics throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1. Phonics is the first important step for children in learning to read. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
It is taught daily in short 20 minute sessions so children build up and practise the skills they need to use in reading and writing. Practising the sounds correctly is really important. At Paulton, we use the Government approved ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme for teaching phonics. Find out more by clicking on the links below
Letters and Sounds Scheme
Phonics teaching and learning forms part of our School Development Plan for 2016/2017. In January we held two parents meetings giving a broad overview of phonics at our school from EYFS to Year 2. If you missed it, please see the presentation used below:
We follow phases 2, 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds. Have a look at the video below to see us in action!
*Video Coming Soon*
We learn lots of rhymes to help us to remember the tricky digraphs and trigraphs that we are learning. These are used in Year 1 too. Click on the link below so you can help with these rhymes at home!
We use sound buttons to help us to spot the sounds in different words. Have a look below, this will help explain this further. When children are trying to sound out words, encourage them to spot the sounds they know and add in sounds buttons or sound bars to support further.
In Year 1 we follow phases 3, 4 and 5 of Letters and Sounds
- Your children are now in Key Stage 1
- This is the start of the National Curriculum
- This will be the first encounter of a DfE test at the end of this year the Phonics Screening Check
What is the Phonics Screening Check?
- A quick and easy check of children’s phonic knowledge
- Divided into 2 sections each section containing 20 words, a mix of real words and non-words
- Children work 1:1 with their teacher for approximately 9 minutes
- It is a test of decoding skills
- Pass mark has in the past been 32 / 40 although this is subject to change and we are not informed until after the test
- The majority of children are expected to be able to pass this test
- The National Average was 81% 2015 – 2016
To find out more about the Phonics Screening Check and to watch the video to show you how it is carried out. Please click on the link below:
By Year 2 we will have learnt all of the sounds there are to learn! Although we still need to be using them in our reading and writing!
We follow Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds so that we can:
- Automatically read familiar words
- Decode unfamiliar words
- Decode complex words by sounding them out
- Become more fluent readers and more accurate spellers
In Year 2 the teaching of graphemes and phonemes within the whole class stops although the children are still expected to use these within their reading and writing
- We begin learning about spelling rules
- Suffixes, prefixes
- Accurate spelling
- Common exception words
Download a-Common Exception Words Bookmark to help with those tricky words!
Why not join Paulton Library @ The Hub? Click on the link to get more information:
We use lots of different websites in school to help us with our learning and you can access them at home too by following the links below!
Free phonics games and printables
Spelling games and fun ideas
BBC Bitesize Phonics
Fun games to support children with their phonics learning
BBC Skillswise – Syllables Factory
A game to support with breaking words down into syllables
A variety of games to help with spelling and phonics
A blending sounds spelling game
Suggested Apps for ipads
- Mr Thorne does Phonics (various at £1.49 – £2.99)
- ABC Pocket Phonics (free)