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 classes. Children are assessed regularly to monitor their progress. Class teachers also integrate aspects of phonics in many aspects of their teaching.
We use Letters and Sounds to organise our phonics teaching and a variety of resources to introduce and reinforce phonic sounds, letter names and graphemes in all of the phases.
At the end of Year 1 children take the Phonics Screening Check 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. The Twinkl website has lots of resources for home as well as school. See below for link.
Example of how we teach phonic sounds
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