Phonics

At St. Luke’s we use our own phonics scheme based on the “Letters and Sounds” scheme of phonics to teach Daily Synthetics Phonics. We use the “Phonics Bug” series of books to support learning in phonics. Parent workshops, information sessions and class newsletters provide extra information on how we teach phonics.

Early Years Foundation Stage

From the Beginning of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Phonics is taught in a fun approachable way so all children can access it.

If children have attended a nursery before coming to St. Luke’s, they should have experienced ‘Phase One’ of Letters and Sounds which concentrates on building a discriminatory ear and encourages children to tune into the sounds around them. Rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are all integrated into the planning throughout the year, using the EYFS statutory curriculum to integrate this in all areas. If pupils enter St. Luke’s who have missed this phase in their learning, our reception team will make sure they catch up and they are ready for the next phase.

As children enter our team Reception, the children will begin by recapping on Phase 1 in the first ½ term, then working into Phase 2. The children progress through to the end of phase 3, and into the consolidation Phase 4 by the summer term which continues into Year 1. The actions are used to accompany each phoneme match with the Jolly Phonics scheme. Have you asked your child to show you some of their actions?

Key Stage One

As children enter Team 1, the will generally be on Phase 4 and then progress on to Phase 5 and revise all previous phases. They then use their phonics knowledge further to assist them with spelling and a higher level of reading. The emphasis on phase five is on spelling patterns and spelling families which aid children’s learning of these trickier phonemes. Towards the end of Team 1, the children will sit a phonics screening test and results reported home (more information can be found in the assessment section of the website).

Children in Year 2 will begin on Phase 6, with strong emphasis of revision on previous phases, and children will use their phonics knowledge to assist their writing skills and aid their spelling. Some children will need to sit the phonics screening test in Team 2 if they did not reach the required standard at the end of Team 1.

Children learn weekly tricky words and are encouraged daily to read and spell their high frequency words.

Key Stage Two

Although no direct phonics sessions are taught, it is built into daily literacy lessons and spellings. Spelling patterns and families are used in order to encourage correct spelling. Skills in phonics helps children to segment and blend words when spelling, and to help when reading more complex words. Children who enter KS2 and have not met the required phonic standard will received extra support to ensure they rapid progress and catch up.