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Phonics

Phonics teaching at The Brent is fundamental to learning to read and write.

Curriculum Intent

Pupils should be taught to read fluently, following a systematic and effective phonics strategy and develop a love of reading and books. Phonics is fundamental to learning to read and write. Therefore, at The Brent School, we have high quality daily phonics lessons in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 that are reviewed and adapted accordingly.

Implementation

We teach phonics using the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. We supplement this with other high quality phonic schemes and resources such as Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play. 

The organisation of Phonics teaching across The Brent School varies with each Year group.  Approaches to teaching phonics are reviewed and refreshed regularly according to the developing needs of each cohort and class of children.

Our objectives are:

  • To have timetabled phonics lessons in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.
  • For phonics lessons to follow the DfES ‘Letters and Sounds,’ publication but be supported through other high quality phonic schemes (eg Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play).
  • To assess regularly using and, when appropriate, group children for their appropriate phase of learning (using Phonics Tracker as our Assessment tool).
  • To develop a good knowledge of phonemes and graphemes.
  • To be able to blend phonemes to decode (read) a word.
  • To be able to segment and blend to be able to spell a word.
  • To be able to transfer the skills from phonics into everyday learning.
  • To be confident with segmenting and blending pseudo (alien / made up) words in preparation for the statutory Year One phonics screening.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds is broken divided into 6 Phases that are taught throughout EYFS and KS1. This is shown in our Progression in Skills document.

Phonics Screening Check

At the end of Year 1 the children will take part in the Government’s Year One Phonics Screening Check. You can read more about this here.

Resources to support early development of reading, writing and phonics at home

  • Giving children responsibility – shopping lists, notes for family members, cards and letters, diaries
  • Experimenting with paper and pens
  • Role play – cooking recipes, menus, signs on small world toys
  • Finger games – lacing, threading, tweezers with pasta and seeds
  • Playdough
  • Patterns and tracing
  • Writing in sand, flour or glitter
  • Magic writing – with water in a bucket and a paintbrush on the pavement.  Write a message and then watch it disappear
  • Shaving foam
  • Gloop (cornflour, food colouring and water)
  • Chalk
  • Chunky pencils, crayons and pens
  • Magnetic letters and a baking tray
  • Foam bath letters
  • Magazines, picture books and bedtime stories

 

Support sound pronunciation at home using the video below:

 

Useful websites and online games to support your child’s phonics development at home

Impact

We believe that using Letters and Sounds, enhanced with high quality phonics resources and progression through the phases, will ensure that our children have secure foundation of phonological knowledge and understanding to build their feature learning upon. Regular assessments, fluid grouping of children and working with parents ensure children maximise their potential.