Phonics at Bishop Ellis
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily at a dedicated time. Phonics is naturally reinforced throughout the day in other areas of the curriculum. Children are taught to blend sounds together, in order to read, and break up a word into its sounds in order to aid spelling. We use a programme called ‘KTC phonics.’ as well as flashcards, games, songs and rhymes depending on the age of the children.
Lessons follow the same consistent plan:
Review and Recap
Apply – EITHER READ OR WRITE
In foundation stage, children learn the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. Throughout Year 1, children will consolidate the phase 3 sounds and then learn the phase 5 sounds.
The Year 1 statutory phonics check
At the end of year 1, children undertake the phonics screening check. This is a statutory requirement of all children in England. It is done on a 1:1 basis with your child’s teacher or a familiar adult in school. The check is made up of 40 real and nonsense words which children read using their knowledge of phase 2-5 sounds. The check is designed to give both teachers and parents information about how your child is progressing in phonics. The pass mark is set every year nationally and is usually around 32 correct answers out of 40.
If children do not pass, do not worry, the children will receive more support during year 2 and will re-take the check the following year.
Year 2 and above.
Children from year 2 to year 6 will have at least 3 discrete spelling lessons a week which will cover the national curriculum spelling rules. All children will be given discrete lessons to support their understanding of spelling rules as well as covering the common exception words. Children who need to continue with discrete phonics sessions will continue to do so.