In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1, children receive daily phonics and Read Write Inctime. Research shows that phonics is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. In phonics sessions they are taught how to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. At St Thomas' we use Read Write Inc to promote a systematic approach to learning phonics and spelling throughout the whole school.
In Year One, children take part in a phonics screening check. This check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher.
Please use the link below to find more information about the Phonics Screening Check and to listen to the 44 sounds spoken aloud and in example words.