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.
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.
Links for ‘Phonics for Children:’
Initial Sounds: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html
Family Learning Phonics Games: http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html