At Newton Farm we use our own phonics scheme based on the "Letters and Sounds" scheme of phonics to teach Daily Synthetics Phonics. We use the "Phonics Bug" series of books to support learning in phonics. Parent workshops, information sessions and class newsletters provide extra information on how we teach phonics.
Early Years Foundation Stage
From the Beginning of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Phonics is taught in a fun approachable way so all children can access it.
If children have attended a nursery before coming to Newton Farm, they should have experienced ‘Phase One’ of Letters and Sounds which concentrates on building a discriminatory ear and encourages children to tune into the sounds around them. Rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are all integrated into the planning throughout the year, using the EYFS statutory curriculum to integrate this in all areas. If pupils enter Newton Farm who have missed this phase in their learning, our reception team will make sure they catch up and they are ready for the next phase.
As children enter Reception, the children will begin by recapping on Phase 1 in the first ½ term, then working into Phase 2. The children progress through to the end of phase 3, and into the consolidation Phase 4 by the summer term which continues into Year 1.
Key Stage One
As children enter Year 1, they will generally be on Phase 4 and then progress on to Phase 5 and revise all previous phases. They then use their phonics knowledge further to assist them with spelling and a higher level of reading. The emphasis throughout the year is on spelling patterns and spelling families which aid children’s learning of these trickier phonemes. Towards the end of Year 1, the children will sit a phonics screening test and results reported home (more information can be found in the assessment section of the website).
Children in Year 2 will begin on Phase 6, with strong emphasis of revision on previous phases, and children will use their phonics knowledge to assist their writing skills and aid their spelling. Some children will need to sit the phonics screening test in Year 2 if they did not reach the required standard at the end of Year 1.
Children learn weekly tricky words and are encouraged daily to read and spell their high frequency words.
Key Stage Two
Although no direct phonics sessions are taught, it is built into daily literacy lessons and spellings. Spelling patterns and families are used in order to encourage correct spelling. Good phonetic skills help children to segment and blend words when spelling, and to help when reading more complex words. Children who enter KS2 and have not met the required phonic standard will receive extra support to ensure they make rapid progress and catch up.
Phonics Phase 2 Pronunciation
Phonics Phase 3 Pronunciation
Phonics Phase 5 Pronunciation (Alternative spellings)
100 High Frequency Words
Other excellent videos for supporting children's learning in Phonics are 'Mr Thornes does Phonics', 'Alphablocks' and 'Nessy Reading Strategies', which can be accessed on Youtube.