At Aldeburgh Primary School we look to embed phonics from the moment the children enter the school as part of their everyday experiences on their journey to reading and writing. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1. Children sit a phonics screening check in Year 1 and are sometimes retested in Year 2. Children with barriers to learning or significant gaps in their phonological understanding are given further assistance with phonics in KS2. Phonics does naturally however progress into spellings which is taught as soon as children can use phonics to make their first word!
At Aldeburgh Primary School we teach phonics using the All Aboard synthetic phonics programme.
What is synthetic phonics?
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
• the sounds represented by written letters,
• how to blend the sounds together to make words,
• Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.
The link below will take you to a collection of very useful videos on how to pronounce the sounds (phonemes) we use to make words. It is really important for parents to know how to help their child read using the correct sounds so please spend some time watching the videos:
The sounds your children will learn will depend on their phonic stage as a general guide:
- Reception start by learning single Phase 2 sounds, then later move onto phase 3 and 4.
- In Years 1 and 2 children will start learning phase 5 sounds.