Phonics is an integral part of children learning to read and write. Phonics is the process of matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Children will first learn to match the 40+ phonic sounds (phonemes) to letters or a group of letters (graphemes) and then in turn learn to blend those sounds in to words. We then teach children to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.
At Rowdown we start teaching phonics in Nursery, where the focus is on children deciphering sounds and drawing their attention to print in the environment and children’s stories. From Reception children will be taught phonics following a phonics scheme called Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc. is a DFE validated systematic synthetic phonics program. RWI have a range of exciting phonics books that are closely matched to children’s knowledge of phonics, so every child feels confident in their ability to read.
All children will be screened/assessed for their phonics knowledge in the Summer term of Year 1 which is in line with statutory assessments. For those children who do not pass their phonic screening they will be re-assessed in the summer term of Year 2. Every child is unique, therefore some children will require phonics lessons as they progress in to KS2. Here at Rowdown we continue to provide intervention phonics lessons for any children that still require phonics teaching throughout KS2.
Here are some links to videos by Ruth Miskin the founder of Read Write Inc phonics. One of the videos explains in more detail how RWI can support your child with learning how to read and write. As well as a video that shows you how to pronounce the phonic sounds.