Phonics

Kingston’s Approach to Phonics

Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' awareness of the letter sounds.

Children at Kingston start to learn to read via our designated reading Oxford Reading Scheme and jolly phonics. This is a fun and child-centered approach to teaching reading phonics with songs and actions for each of the 42 letter sounds designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language, rather than the alphabet. They are then taken through the stages of blending and segmenting words to develop reading and writing skills.

Children are taught each specific phoneme, grapheme and digraph during their dedicated daily phonics session as a class.

 

Year One Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills.

Children who fail to meet the appropriate standard will be supported in order to retake the check in Year Two.