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Phonics at Eye

Subject Lead: Mrs Thorpe


At Eye C of E Primary we use 'Letters and Sounds' for the teaching and learning of phonics.  This is a structured programme 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 1-3 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.  


Children will learn the 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.  

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


  1. Read as much as possible with your child at home
  2. Play games that were given to your child in their phonics pack.  Packs will be hand to children initially in October and then new packs will be issue termly to those children who have reached a new phonics phase.
  3. Investigate some of the phonics links given below
  4. Play Teach Your Monster to Read.  Your child will be given a login for this website with their phonics pack and it covers all the key phonemes covered in the phonics screening test.

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