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Phonics Screening

Phonics at Oasis Academy Don Valley

At Oasis Academy Don Valley we use 'Letters and Sounds' for the teaching and learning of phonics.  This is a structured program that takes children through their phonics learning from making and hearing sounds in the early years, through learning 44+ phonemes during Reception and Year 1, leading onto learning more complex spelling strategies in Year 2.  

Learning is divided into Phases, starting with Phase 2-3 in Reception, Phase 4-5 in Year 1 and Phase 6/Support for Spelling in Year 2.  However, it is possible that children will be working above or below these phases in each year group.

In addition to 'Letters and Sounds', children in Reception will also use Jolly Phonics, a multi-sensory approach, to help them learn their early phonemes.  If you wish to investigate the Jolly Phonics teaching sequence and actions for each sound, please click on the link below.

Children will learn to recognise each letter and match it to its sound, moving onto groups of two (digraphs) or three (trigraphs) of letters that say new sounds when together.  They learn how to pronounce these sounds (phonemes) correctly so that they can blend (sound out) words successfully.

The following video shows how to pronounce each of the sounds your child will learn.

At the end of Year 1, all children have to undertake the Year 1 Phonics Screening.  Working 1:1 with their teacher, children will read 40 words, some of which are real and some of which are pseudo (made up/'alien') words containing the 40+ phonemes they have learned during their first two years in school.  The pass mark is usually around 32 and children who do not reach this standard will receive extra phonics support in Year 2 and resit the screening at the end of the following year.  This year (2017/18) the screening will take place during the week beginning 11th June 2018.

Phonics screening guide for parents (Year 1)


How can you support your child at home with their phonics?

1.    Read as much as possible with your child at home (remember three reads a week will get your child a rocket in the jar!)

2.    Investigate some of the phonics links given below

3.    Complete the weekly phonics homework set by class teachers

4.     Download the presentation for Phonics Screening here 

Useful Links
Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping preschoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home.
The Parent/Teacher Guide provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home. 
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning.  You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life.  You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.
Online youtube videos, app games and a range of other resources covering Letters and Sounds.  Children love the Geraldine Giraffe videos especially!