Other websites to support practice phonic skills
Phonics Play – Phonics activities and games
This website is used in school. There are some free games that can be played or a subscription can be paid to access the full site. By the end of Reception, children should be Phase 3 Secure By the end of Year 1 children should be Phase 5 Secure
Phonics Bloom– Phonics activities and games
By the end of Reception, children should be Phase 3 Secure By the end of Year 1 children should be Phase 5 Secure
Letters and Sounds – Phonics activities and games
By the end of Reception, children should be Phase 3 Secure By the end of Year 1 children should be Phase 5 Secure. There is also high frequency word lists to practice.
Teach your Monster to Read – Reading and phonics support
Cbeebies Alphablocks – Reading and phonics support
At Heatherlands, we use a systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics to enable children to develop secure reading and spelling skills. As a school, we have transitioned from Letters and Sounds 2007 to using Bug Club, one of the DfE’s approved phonics teaching programmes 2021, as a teaching tool to teach synthetic phonics. ‘Evidence shows that teaching phonics is the best way to teach children to read, e.g. the EEF considers phonics to be one of the most secure and best-evidenced areas of pedagogy, recommending all schools use a systematic approach to teaching it’ (The Reading Framework).
A strong emphasis on high quality teaching of phonics can substantially reduce the number of children at risk of falling below age-related expectations for reading. The Heatherlands Phonics Sequence sets out clear expectations of pupils’ progress in phonics term by term, in line with the teaching progression of Bug Club. This means we will revise key sounds whilst exposing the children to alternative graphemes from the next phase. This sequence makes clear links between Bug Club, Development Matters (2020), the National Curriculum (2016) and The Reading Framework: teaching the foundations of literacy (July 2021). It is to be used as a tool for informing all teaching of phonics including in whole class phonic sessions, interventions and 1:1 reading. We are dedicated to ensuring children that may fall behind or are vulnerable are identified swiftly and are supported within our catch up/keep up programme. The sequence sets out the pace at which we expect a typical child to progress through the phonics programme. Those children who are identified as not being on track, through our formative and summative assessments, receive interventions to enable them to ‘catch up’ with their peers by identifying gaps and making it clear where targeted teaching is needed. Whole class phonics teaching follows the suggested four-part structure of Revisit and Review – Teach – Practise –Apply (assess) as suggested initially from Letters and Sounds and adapted within the Bug Club teaching structure. At Heatherlands, through staff training and ‘high quality phonics sessions’, ‘children’s acquisition of speaking and listening skills, and phonic knowledge and skills are greatly enhanced.’ (Independent Review of the teaching of early reading2006).
Our aims are for all children at Heatherlands Primary School to:
Action and Implementation
Early Years and Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Role of Parents and Carers
Phonics is most effective when children are given plenty of encouragement and learn to enjoy reading and books. Parents play a vital role in helping with this and at Heatherlands Primary School, we endeavour to support parents with this through regular communications such as home learning activities, parents’ evenings etc. We also lead regular phonic workshops in Early Years and Key Stage 1, with a focus on developing the parents’ subject knowledge in the teaching of phonics and supporting them to work alongside their child in phonic activities. In addition, parents are given resource materials, suggested web links, video tutorials and strategies to help their child at home with phonics at these events. In Early Years, parents are invited into their child’s class for ‘Phonics Friday’ where they have a phonics lesson with their child. Using the Bug Club Phonics online platform, weekly interactive games and activities linked to blending and segmenting are assigned to each child to consolidate that week's learning.
Useful web links for the teaching of phonics:
Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child's phonics knowledge. It helps the school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils in the country.