Why is Phonics so important?
Phonics has been proven scientifically to be the most effective way to teach children to read. Phonics helps children to read at a words level. It is vital Phonics is taught alongside Guided Reading and Shared Reading sessions.
How is Phonics taught at Broughton Infant School?
At Broughton Infant School we teach the Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics.
We teach Phonics in discrete daily sessions for 20 minutes.
How can I help my child with Phonics?
It is essential that children practise using their Phonics on a daily basis. Reading with your child is the most effective way you can support them applying their Phonics.
In addition, you can help your child by recapping the sounds they have been taught in school. This can be done by focusing on the sounds themselves or reading words with the sounds in.
Recapping the sounds games
1. Just in Time- time yourself and your child to find out who can say each line of the sound mat the quickest.
2. Fastest Finger- say a sound on the sound mat and race your child to find the sound.
3. Race to the Sound- write the sounds your child is finding hard to remember- say the sounds and race them to see who can get to them first (this can be done with balloons which the children can POP)!
Reading words with focus sounds
1. Hunt- write some words with the sound in them and hide them around the house
2. Bowling- stick some words with the sound in them on bowling pins (you have to read them to win them)
3. Noughts and crosses- write some words with the sound in on a noughts and crosses board (you have to read them to put your nought or cross down)
4. Snakes and ladders- write a pack of words with the focus sounds in (when you land on a square you need to read one of the words to stay there- if you get it wrong you have to move back)
Phonics Screening Check
All children in Year One are screened using the National Assessment materials in June. If the children in Year One do not pass the screening they will be retested when they are in Year Two. Children in Year Two who have gaps in their Phonics knowledge or did not pass the screening check receive further Phonics intervention during Year Two. The results on the Phonics Screening Check are submitted to the Local Authority.
How can I help my child?
Check out the amazing recommendations from Lesley Clarke about how to support your child's phonics at home. Simply choose the phase you are working on and explore the possibilities.
If your child is finding particular sounds challenging follow these links to find entire lessons to secure their knowledge.