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Phonics at Killinghall

At Killinghall, phonics begins in Nursery. Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds is delivered and organised using the following 7 aspects:

  • Aspect 1: General sound discrimination – environmental sounds
  • Aspect 2: General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds
  • Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion
  • Aspect 4: Rhythm and rhyme
  • Aspect 5: Alliteration
  • Aspect 6: Voice sounds
  • Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting

By the end of phase 1, children will have experienced a wealth of listening activities including songs, stories and rhymes. They will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally. Some will also be able to recognise spoken words that rhyme and will be able to provide a string of rhyming words. Some children will be ready to start learning synthetic phonics and will move on to our next aspect of phonic teaching: Read, Write Inc.

Read, Write, Inc. is a systematic phonics programme designed to teach children to:

  • Learn to read and write the 44 phonemes in the English Language
  • Read using sound blending
  • Write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
  • Read some short, simple ditties and then quickly progress to reading the storybooks – this includes developing comprehension skills

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Children are assessed continuously and grouped in ability for a 50-minute daily, discreet phonics lesson.

The lesson structure comprises of:

  • Learning a new sound (see the order in the table below)
  • Revision of previous sounds
  • Practising letter formation / spelling of words
  • Blending and segmenting
  • Reading passages/texts
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The correct pronunciation of each phoneme (sound) can be found here in the videos below.

Set 1 Speed Sounds Pronunciation

Set 2 Speed Sounds Pronunciation

Children are expected to use and apply their knowledge from the Read Write Inc. session in a variety of contexts throughout the day. Opportunities to do this are provided in continuous provision, planned outdoor activities and further word and spelling work in Year 2.

From Reception, children also take two reading books home everyday and a library book every week. Adults in school listen to children read twice a week throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 to support the application of phonics and our Learning to Read culture.

All children in Year 2 begin to access the Read Write Inc spelling scheme to move from phonics for reading into phonics for spelling. Children continue to revise the phonemes but begin to look at more complex spelling patterns to support writing. Spelling teaching continues throughout Key Stage 2.


High Frequency Words

Children are taught to read and spell the high frequency words throughout Reception and Key Stage 1, these include common exception words.

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If parents or carers would like any further information about phonics, reading or spelling, we ask that they speak to their child’s class teacher. We ask all our parents to help provide the best for their children by reading with them every night at home.

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