At St. Margaret's Academy, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme, supplemented by the Jolly Phonics scheme. Jolly Phonics gives children an action for each sound, which supports children who learn in an active way.
In Foundation Stage, children are introduced to phonemes (sounds) linked to the letters of the alphabet, as well as one way of spelling each of the other 16 phonemes used in the English language, such as 'igh' and 'ch'.
- Children are taught to blend or sound out phonics to read a variety of word
- Children are taught to segment or break down the sounds in simple words for spellng.
In Year 1, children learn more about the variety of ways in which phonemes can be spelled and they also learn about the different pronunciations made by different letters or groups of letters, such as 'a' in 'ant' and 'was'. At the end of Year 1, children will be tested on their phonics knowledge, using a national test featuring 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words.
From Year 2 onwards, children consolidate their phonics knowledge, learning when to apply different spelling rules as well as how to spell plurals and different verb tenses.
How You Can Help Your Child
The best way you can support your child at home is by reading regularly with them, sharing and enjoying books. By practising the sounds and tricky words your child is currently learning you will be able to reinforce all they have been learning in school.
Below you will find links to online phonic games or resources that parents can use to support their children with phonics: