At Ringway, we believe every child should have the opportunity to become a happy, confident and fluent reader. We ensure all children are taught the phonics code through daily structured phonics lessons. We aim for children to apply their knowledge of sounds to become good, strong readers who can read with automaticity and make excellent progress in reading.
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. At Ringway, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme, which is split into phases that systematically build on skills and knowledge of previous learning.
How we teach phonics
Children begin their phonic journey at Ringway in Nursery where they learn Phase 1 phonics. Phase 1 concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin develop oral blending and segmenting skills. Children throughout Reception and Key stage 1 take part in daily phonics sessions. These sessions focus on key reading skills such as decoding to read words, and segmenting the sounds in a given word to spell. Children start Phase 2 phonics at the start of the Reception. We aim for children to have completed Phase 3 & 4 Phonics by the end of Reception. When children move up to Y1 we aim for all children to complete Phases 5. Phase 6 phonics is then taught in Y2. During Phonics lessons we also teach children to read and write ‘tricky words’. These are words that you cannot sound out and children are taught to recognise them by sight.
How you can help at home:
- Reading every night at home with your child for 15 minutes.
- Practise reading and writing tricky words.
- Practise the sounds your child is learning.
- If children know their sounds and tricky words they are more likely to gain speed and fluency in their reading.
Practice letter formation at home and encourage your child to start in the correct place and position the letter correctly on the line.