Pupils at St. Francis are taught a wide range of strategies in order to help them read and write, including phonics.
Through a combination of individual phonics sessions, clear modelling and varied opportunities for practise, pupils have fun learning effective strategies to help them read and spell words. Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils are taught during a 20 min phonics lesson each day using the Read Write Inc Programme.
In each lesson pupils will:
- Review their previous learning
- Be taught a new phonics skill
- Practise their new skill
- Apply the skill in both reading and writing.
At the end of Year 1, pupils take part in a national phonics screening check; the results of which are shared with parents. Any pupils who do not reach the expected level by the end of Year 1 receive targeted support and are reassessed formally at the end of Year 2.
Please find below some useful documents for parents to help support pupils learning at home:
- 100 HFW (High Frequency Words)
- 200 next HFW (High Frequency Words)
- DfE Phonics Handout 'Learning to Read through Phonics'
- The English Alphabetic Code (Phonics International - Debbie Hepplewhite)
Here are also some useful websites for supporting Phonics at Home
- Games and Activities
- Pinterest Ideas
- Phonics Play
- Inclusive resources
- ICT phonics games
- Jolly Phonics You Tube videos
- Videos for diagraphs and short phonic stories
- Very useful information to further understanding of Phonics (Phonics International - Debbie Hepplewhite)
- Videos to support the teaching of Phonics
A number of parents have asked if there were any links to iPad/iPhone/Smartphone/Android apps that were useful in supporting phonics...here are just a few we have found:
- Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds
- Mr Thorne's Phonic Flashcards
- Phonics Play
- Phonics Starter Pack
- Hairy Phonics
- Letterland Phonics Review
- Phonics Match
Other useful educational / learning apps across curriculum can be found by clicking this link: