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At Rectory Farm, phonics is taught daily to all children in Reception and Key Stage One.  The children are placed in attainment phase groups along with a dedicated fully phonics trained adult. We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach children the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds.  We also include songs and actions to help us remember our sounds. 

Here is Lilly saying our pure phonic sounds:

The children are taught to read words by blending, which means saying each sound and then blending all the sounds together to make a word.  In addition, the children are taught to spell words by segmenting, which means sounding out words and writing down the sounds they can hear.

Once the children have mastered their sounds the focus progresses to spelling rules and patterns.  A good website for playing phonics games. www.phonicsplay.co.uk

At the end of Year 1, all the children in the country take a test called a Phonics Screening.  They have to read 40 real and nonsense words.  We call the nonsense words ‘Alien words’ and the children practice reading these style of words regularly as it supports their learning of the phonic sounds.  

To see an example of the test click here.