Phonics in EYFS
When your child starts school, Phonics becomes a big part of everyday life.
We have recently introduced ‘StoryTime Phonics’ as our Phonics system, teaching phonics in phases. These phases develop the child’s knowledge and understanding of sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes). ‘StoryTime Phonics’ uses books by celebrated authors as a gateway to introducing each phoneme.
Early Phonics teaching. Our Nursery focuses on developing a child’s listening skills. Here at Good Shepherd Primary School Nursery, we use the Government Scheme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ as well as ‘Storytime Phonics’ to develop these skills.
In Phase 1 Phonics, children are taught about:
This phase helps develop children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills.
In Phase 2, children begin to learn the sounds that letters make (phonemes). Children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds.
First starting with: s, a, t, i, p and n. Then m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll and ss.
By the end of Phase 2, children should be able to read some vowel-consonant (VC) and consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, and to spell them out. They also learn some high frequency ‘tricky words’ like ‘the’ and ‘go.’.
Phase 3 introduces children to the remaining phonemes., mainly made up of two letters such as ch, ar, ow and ee.
Alongside this, children are taught to recognise more tricky words, including ‘me,’ ‘was,’ ‘my,’ ‘you’ and ‘they’. They learn the names of the letters, as well as the sounds they make.
By the end, our children will be able to say the sound made by most, or all, Phase 2 and 3 graphemes, blend and read CVC words made from these graphemes, read 12 new tricky words and write letters correctly when given an example to copy.
Phonics in Year 1
Phonics in Year 2