Phonics and reading in Key Stage 1
At Bramingham Primary School we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. Children are taught the sounds in lively, interactive and pacey sessions, learning an associated rhyme whilst rehearsing accurate letter formations. 'Fred fingers' and 'robot arms' are used to decode words. We use the rhymes from Read Write Inc and have made up some of our own too. Decoding for reading, and segmenting for spelling, are key elements of our phonics teaching.
In KS1, decoding and blending skills are developed daily through reading of real and nonsense words. If children are able to read nonsense words with fluency, they will be able to apply their decoding skills to read any word, thus enabling access to rich and extensive vocabulary. As children begin to read with increased fluency and automaticity, decoding becomes effortless and children can then concentrate in unlocking meaning and gain greater understanding of the texts they are reading.
In addition, children will regularly practise reading and writing 'tricky' words and 'common exception words'. These are words which cannot be decoded and segmented (sounded out) so we learn these by sight, mnemonics and other visual cues.
If your child is in Year 1 they will be taking the Phonics Screening Check in June. The check will be made up of 40 words, of which 20 will be real, and the other 20 will be nonsense (alien) words.These checks have not taken place this year.
Can you read these alien words?
Some of the phonemes we learn...
These videos show us how to say the sounds correctly.
Here are a few phonics games to play at home.