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Phonics Information

Phonics at New Ford Academy

Children in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach to learning phonics, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which sounds, (phonemes) made by individual letters or a combination of letters (graphemes), are blended and segmented to form words. Children in the EYFS also use ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions to support their learning of the different sounds.

Our daily phonics sessions across EYFS and Key Stage 1 are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation and interactive teaching. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.

The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practise, revise, recall and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words.  Children are expected to achieve phase 5 by the end of Year 1. 

The National Phonics Screening Check is a statutory assessment for all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of the children’s phonic knowledge. It comprises of a list of 40 words which the children read, and is taken in June of each year. The words in the test are a mixture of words the children will see in their phonics lessons and in their reading books, and some words will be ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien words.’ These words are made up words where different phonic sounds are put together.

The test assesses the children’s knowledge of sounds learned through EYFS and Year 1. The check is very similar to tasks that the children already complete during phonics lessons.

For more information about phonics and how you can support your child at home, please see our ‘Phonics Pack For Parents’ which is included on the class pages for EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes, and also in our ‘Curriculum’ section for EYFS and Years 1 and 2. 

Following on from the teaching of phonics, children in years 2 to 6 follow the ‘Babcock No Nonsense spelling’ programme. The programme is organised in a progressive way where by the children are taught specific spelling rules and are then given the opportunity to investigate, explore and consolidate these spelling patterns through a range of activities. The children are then expected to apply these spelling rules to their independent writing when it is appropriate.

Children in years 2 to 6 also have statutory spellings specific to their year group which much be learnt each year.  In Key stage 2, children will be encouraged to learn these by taking home spelling lists each week and having weekly tests at the end of the week. There are also termly assessments to track the progress of the children during the year.

Please find a useful video clip which shows the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sounds) which will be helpful when supporting your child at home.