Phonics

Phonics at Eastway
At Eastway we teach systematic synthetic phonics using Letters and Sounds.  Children in Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage One take part in a daily phonics session as well as having lots of opportunities across the curriculum to practice what they have been learning.   Each daily lesson follows the revisit/ revise, teach, practice, apply model.  
 
What is Letters and Sounds?
 
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
 
A copy of the full Letters and Sounds document is available via this link. 
 
 
Letter Actions
At Eastway we teach the children an action for each of the 42 sounds which they learn.  This multi-sensory approach motivates children to take an active role in their learning and serves as a visual reminder of each phoneme.  
Phonics Screening Check
At the end of Year One children sit a  phonics screening check.  This  is a short, lighttouch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. The check consist of 40 words, 20 of which are real words and 20 of which are made up words (alien words). Each child will be asked to read these words one-on-one with a teacher. Any children who do not reach the required standard will then be able to retake the check at the end of Year Two.
Phonics at Home
 
There are lots of fantastic games and resources available to help your child to embed their phonic knowledge.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child's classteacher if you would like to know more about supporting phonics at home.