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Phonics at Nettleworth


Information to support our families:


Here at Nettleworth, we use Monster Phonics to support our teaching and learning of phonics. This is a structured programme which takes children through their phonics learning journey.

Phonics begins with the making of, and hearing of, sounds in the early years, through learning 44+ phonemes (sounds) during Reception and Year 1, leading onto learning more complex spelling strategies in Year 2.

Phonics builds the foundations for children’s independent reading skills and also spelling skills.

Below is a link to a video clip which explains more about phonics, and how it’s used with pupils.

How to ... Phonics: What is Phonics?

How to ... is a series of videos for teachers and parents offering guidance on how to support children's learning across a range of topics, both at school and ...

Also, Mrs Ripley has put together a PowerPoint (below)for you to use as a reference point if you ever need support with the terminology to support your child.
Monster Phonics
Here, you’ll find some more information about Monster Phonics. If you click onto the link, and scroll down, you will see all of the characters which are used as part of our teaching at school.

Phonics Screening:

At the end of Year 1, (June) all children have to undertake the Year 1 Phonics Screening. This is carried out by the class teacher working 1:1 with each child. Children are presented with 40 words to read, some of which are real and some of which are pseudo (made up/fake/'alien') words containing the 40+ phonemes they have learned during their first two years in school. The pass mark is usually around 32 (but this is always confirmed after the results have been submitted) and children who do not reach this standard will receive extra phonics support in Year 2, and then resit the screening at the end of the following year.

Have a look at the section ‘Phonics for Children’ where you’ll find links to games and fun activities you can use to support your child at home – they are fun too J