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Sandfield Close Primary School

Phonics

Phonics at Sandfield Close Primary School

Phonics is taught systematically and rigorously from the moment children enter our Reception within the EYFS at 4 years old. Phonics are the sounds made that match the alphabetic system we use in England and we follow what is stipulated about the teaching of phonics in the EYFS and National Curriculum.

The EYFS states at 40-60 months+ children need to:

The National Curriculum states that children need to be taught to:

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • Our staff are very well trained at teaching phonics and we use Letters and Sounds to support teaching, learning and assessment.

We deliver workshops to parents to help them articulate the phonemes (letter sound relationships) that children need to learn so that parents can support learning at home. We send home phonics charts for phases 2, 3 and 5 to also help parents and children to consolidate learning at home. The books we provide for children to read in the EYFS are phonetically systemically structured to support learning which supports children making progress.

Please visit curriculum, then EYFS, then phonics videos to hear the phonemes read aloud.

Please find the link to Phonics Play in the children’s learning area. This site enables parents to practise phonics with their child at home.