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In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1, children receive daily phonics and, from Year 2 onwards, SpellingShed is used. 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 and spell. At Wyberton Primary Academy our own scheme has been developed and is followed to support the teaching of phonics in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. This then progresses into the SpellingShed scheme to promote a systematic approach to learning phonics and spelling from Year 2 to Year 6. New spelling rules and patterns are taught through this scheme, building on the children's early phonics learning.
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.
Phonics Into Spelling - The Wyberton Primary Academy Phonics Scheme
Are you feeling a bit lost with all of the phonics based vocabulary that your child is using? Watch this video, found in the video resource section of our website, to help you to gain an understanding about how phonics is taught and what all of the technical vocabulary means.