Phonics is the first important step in learning to read.  Children are taught to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make
  • blend sounds from left to right to make a word

At Roundthorn, phonics is taught in discrete daily sessions of at least 20 minutes, progressing from simple phonic knowledge to the more complex.  The academy follows the six phase teaching programme set out in Letters and Sounds.  In Nursery, children engage in early phonics activities every day in all of their sessions to help them learn to be aware of sounds and to distinguish between different sounds.  They begin to learn Phase 2 grapheme-phoneme correspondences in Reception class and continue to work through each phase during Years 1 and 2.

In the summer term of Year 1, children complete the phonics screening check to confirm their progress against national standards.  Any children who do not achieve the threshold mark at this time are given additional help in Year 2 to secure their phonic knowledge.

The expectation is that pupils will have secured word recognition skills and be fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.

Below is a useful video for parents to help children to pronounce sounds correctly when they are practising at home.