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.
Phonics is an important part of learning to read and write. At Kingston, Phonics is taught in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 on a daily basis for between 20-30 minutes, together with planned intervention groups for children needing extra practise with their learning. Children are taught according to the Phase they are working in across the EYFS and KS1. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to teach and assess children, which separates phonics into Phases 1-6.
Lessons aim to be interactive, stimulating and age appropriate and over the course of a week will cover:
• Phoneme and grapheme recognition
• Blending for reading
• Segmenting for writing
• Application of phonics strategies for reading and writing
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.
For children who are not securely working at Phase 6 of letters and sounds by the end of Year 2, their phonics teaching will continue in Year 3, appropriate to their level of attainment. This will be taught through our own tailored junior phonic scheme ‘Pixead’. When formative and summative assessments show children are working securely within age expected levels, this intervention program will stop.
The following are some websites that are useful to use to practise phonics with your child:
Alphablocks, which can be found on iPlayer (CBeebies), is excellent for supporting the children's phonic acquisition.