Phonics at Lancastrian
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
At Lancastrian we believe that phonics is a very important part of children's reading development. We teach phonics every day as part of our literacy provision. Phonics is taught in short 20 minute sessions in phase groups. Children are assessed regularly to monitor their progress. Class teachers also integrate aspects of phonics in many aspects of their teaching.
We use the Phonic Bug programme, which is interactive and fun to motivate and encourage the children.
It’s edited by Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson and based on a seven-year study in Clackmannanshire that’s proven systematic phonics to be the most effective way to teach children to read. It’s everything you need to teach synthetic phonics at Foundation and Key Stage 1
At the end of Year 1 children take the Phonics Screening test as set out by the government. If children do not pass this test then they retake it in Year 2.
Parents can help children's phonic development by practising the sounds that they are learning and encouraging them to sound out words carefully. Try practising the alphabet song together.