Phonics and reading workshop
On Thursday 23rd January 2020 a Parents’ Workshop was held to explain the school’s methods of teaching Phonics and its links to Reading and Writing
The presentation given is available here and the main points covered are listed below:
- Why phonics is important in breaking words into sounds as a foundation for reading and writing.
- A short video was shown giving the correct phonic sounds.
- Attendees participated in the “phonics frieze” game used to teach pupils
- Phonics terminology was explained: Phoneme, Grapheme, Digraph, Trigraph, and Split Digraph.
- Segmenting and Blending were demonstrated
- The use of alien words was explained and attendees participated in the “Buried Treasure” game, which is also available on the internet.
- Phonics is taught for about 20 minutes every day. Each lesson is made up of Review, Teach, Practice and Apply.
- A list of common exception words is taught in each year at an increasing level of difficulty.
- There are 5 phases of learning at increasing levels of skill from nursery to Year 1
- At the end of Year 1 a DFE phonics assessment is carried out.
- In Year 2 the phonics is mainly focussed on grammar.
- Spelling tests are carried out in Years 1 and 2.