Phonics teaching plays an important part in children's development by equipping them with the fundamental skills needed to be able to read and write. We understand the importance of Phonics teaching here at Greenside and not only aim to ensure that our children receive high quality phonics sessions, but also that our parents are fully aware of which level their child is at and what they need to do to develop. On this page you will find key information about Phonics at Greenside, general phonics information, helpful weblinks and some resources for you to work on with your child at home. If you have any further questions about how you can help your child with Phonics, please don't hesitate to contact your class teacher or Miss Makepeace (Phonics Leader)
Phonics at Greenside
We follow the 'Read Write Inc' Phonics Scheme, as we believe this to be the most effective. Children work in small groups based on their ability, focusing on learning new sounds each week, applying their knowledge by recognising the sound in words, writing words that include the sound and then moving on further to reading books that contain these sounds. Children are assessed half termly and groups are moved around accordingly. After the October half term holidays, children in Year 1, will recieve a list of words that are in line with the sounds they've taught in phonics that week.
Phonics is usually taught four times per week in both EYFS and Year 1, for sessions lasting 25 minutes. At the moment, due to the covid school closures, we have recognised the importance of children catching up with their missed phonics sessions, so are teaching phonics twice daily across Years 1 and 2. As well as this, short bursts of phonics are covered throughout the day and guided reading sessions are linked to the children's phonics skills. Those children who do not pass the Phonics Screening in Year 1 still attend phonics sessions in Year 2 to ensure they are up to speed and prepared for the re-sit in Year 2. Those children who don't pass the screening in Year 2 continue to receive support in phonics as appropriate.