Shears Green Infant School

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At Shears Green Infant School all children have a discrete daily phonics lesson.  In reception children are introduced to the sounds letters make following the Jolly Phonics programme.  Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. There are actions for each of the 42 letter sounds meaning that children are very motivated to learn.

An introduction to Jolly Phonics

Once children have a good understanding of initial letter sounds they are introduced to digraphs using the Read, Write Inc letter rhymes.

We continue to teach phonics in Key Stage One through Read Write Inc

In the links below you will find details about each phase which will help you to know:

  • What skills your child will learn in each phonic phase.
  • The 'tricky' (non-decodable) words that your child must recognise and write for the phase they are working at.
  • The phonemes that will be taught for each phase (phonemes means sounds) 

There is also a glossary of terms. 

If you have any questions about phonics please speak to your child's teacher.

Foundation Stage use Letters and Sounds alongside Read Write Inc letter formation.


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

                                           Phase One    -

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

                                           Phase Two    -

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

                                          Phase Three  -

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

                                          Phase Four   -

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

                                             Phase Five    - 

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

                                               Phase Six    -

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.