Phonics Page

 

 

Knowledge Transfer Centre for Phonics, Reading and Writing in the Early Years and Key Stage One.

At Kestrel’s Field Primary School we follow a program for phonics, reading and writing based on Letters and Sounds that was implemented in 2013 by the Literacy Consultant Ann Smalberger.

Phonics

The Key Stage One and Early Years staff work closely with Ann Smalberger to teach effective phonics sessions that are split into 5 phases.

Phase 1 focuses on everyday sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and orally segmenting and blending.

Phase 2 focuses on learning all single sounds and how to read and write them in words.

Phase 3 focuses on learning simple digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences for example: igh, oa, ee, ear

Phase 4 focuses on learning adjacent consonants in words for example: fl, gr, sp, tr

Phase 5 focuses on learning alternative digraph and trigraph sounds and applying these to words and sentences for example: ie, oe, ea, a-e

Reading

The staff also work closely with the Literacy consultant to teach effective shared reading and guided reading sessions that encourage children to use a range of reading strategies and answer questions about the text.

The strategies we use are:

  • Look at the first letter, make the sound, cross check with the picture
  • Look at the letters, make the sounds and blend the sounds together (cross check with the picture)
  • Look for little words in the big word
  • If the sentence does not make sense go back and read it again
  • Or read the next sentence and read the two together
  • I use punctuation to read for meaning (full stop = big breath, comma = little breath, exclamation mark and bold writing = emphasis, question mark = our voice goes up at the end, inverted commas = we change our voice for a character)

The children love reading as a class and in small groups. They enjoy exploring fiction and non-fiction books and answering a range of questions.

The children are also taught to look for evidence in the book by finding a word, sentence or phrase to support an answer they are giving.

Writing

The staff also work closely with Ann Smalberger to teach effective and interesting shared writing and guided writing sessions that encourage children to use different writing strategies.

The strategies we use are:

  • Say the word, robot the word, write the word
  • Say the word, finger the word, write the word
  • Listen for little words in the big word

The children enjoy writing in lots of different forms and for a range of purposes. They enjoy learning about how to write different words through the shared writing sessions and sharing their work with others.

Our work as a KTC Core 1 School

We have two lead teachers (Miss Bickley and Miss Fairbrother) in our school that work closely with Ann Smalberger to support other schools. We provide schools with the opportunities to come and watch phonics and reading sessions and also go out to support other teachers in their own environments.

 

This scheme has had a positive impact on the children at Kestrels’ Field as they have become more confident and independent readers and writers. The children are willing to take on the challenge of reading and writing new words and sentences and are excited to learn.

 

In June 2016 our Year 1 children achieved a 96% pass rate in the Phonics Screening Check. We are very proud of them! Well done!