Paulton Infant School Phonics Progression Overview
At Paulton Infant School, we follow Letters and Sounds when teaching phonics.
Our aim is that all children are secure in phase 4 by the end of EYFS; all children are secure in phase 5 by the end of Y1 and all children are secure in phase 6 by the end of KS1.
Any child not making the expected progress will be supported through frequent pre-teaching and consolidation/repetition in addition to their daily phonic input to ensure they are not left behind. Staff will regularly monitor and assess specific sounds that identified children are finding tricky to ensure precision teaching is in place.
By the end of Year 1, in preparation for the Phonics Check, children are expected to be independently and confidently reading and writing words containing all of the phonemes and graphemes from Letters and Sounds. This knowledge of graphemes and phonemes is developed further throughout Year 2, where children explore spelling rules, suffixes, syllables and word types, e.g. homophones and compound words, developing their expression, comprehension skills and fluency when reading.
Useful websites to help with Phonics
A clear explanation of what phonics is and how it enables children to learn to read.
Phonics Pronunciation Video
This video clip demonstrates how to pronounce pure sounds.
A demonstration of how we can 'blend' sounds that we have learnt together in order to read new words.
On-line phonic games - phonics play
On this website you will find some of phonic games to practice sound recognition, blending to read and tricky words.
This excellent game is available to play for free on a computer or you can purchase as an app.
An example of the phonics check paper that takes place at the end of Year 1. We use these past papers to conduct in-house mock phonics checks in preparation for the real thing at the end of Year 1.