Letters and Sounds
PHONICS - We are currently
using LCP planning and Letters and Sounds. At the start of the Spring
term, we will have selected a new Phonics scheme from the government's
validated list and be implementing this across our school with fully
decodable reading books. We are trialling and researching into several
schemes to find the best fit for our school for our curriculum.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for
Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening
skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by
developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and
systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age
of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Phonic Knowledge and Skills
Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds,
instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds
and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two(Reception) up to 6 weeks
Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds
together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning
to read simple captions.
Phase Three(Reception) up to 12 weeks
The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such
as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters.
Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children
will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the
Phase Four(Reception) 4 to 6 weeks
No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children
learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim,
Phase Five(Throughout Year 1)
Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the
phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the
graphemes they already know.
Phase Six(Throughout Year 2 and beyond)
Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping
Letters and Sounds