Welcome to the Phonics Page!
“Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language”. (National Literacy Trust)
At Five Lanes we follow the Letters and Sounds Phonic Programme. We start teaching Phase 1 Phonics in Nursery which concentrates on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills. The children have lots of access to musical instruments and rhymes, both through focused teaching activities and through the different areas of provision. By the end of the Summer Term the children are beginning to learn the Phase 2 Phonics sounds. In Reception the children learn all of the Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 sounds and practise their Tricky Words. In Year One the children revise the sounds they learnt in Phase 2, 3 and 4 and then move onto Phase 5. The children practise blending and segmenting words and learn how to read real words and non-sense words (monster words). They also practise and learn their Tricky Words. In Year Two the children revise Phase 5 and then move onto Phase 6. They learn all about different spellings and how these are applied to words.
(Miss Bugler asked a random selection of children about their thoughts on Phonics:)
"I like putting our 'reading glasses' on and playing games." (Penelope Reception)
"I learn Phonics so I can read like my big sister." (Rudy Reception)