Phonics is a way of teaching children to read skillfully. They are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’ and blend those sounds together from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to ‘decode’ new words that they see or hear. This is the first important step to learning to read.
At St Joseph's we use Jolly Phonics to support the teaching of reading and writing - Jolly Phonics provides the children with pictures and actions to support learning of the sound
In phonic sessions children are taught to recognise letters, understand the sound they make and then blend them together to create words. Some words, which cannot be phonetically sounded out, are taught at each phase. These are ‘tricky words’ and are taught through sight recognition.
Phonics Screening Test
Video on children conducting the phonics screening check
Last year’s phonics screening check materials