Phonics at Hillcrest

At Hillcrest we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to plan our Phonics teaching. This follows a systematic approach to teaching phonics and builds upon previous teaching and learning. The Phases are broken down as follows:

 

Phase 1 – Listening skills. This happens in Nursery. For an example, click on this link: Phase 1

 

Phase 2 – Beginning to learn letter sounds. This begins in Nursery and is completed in Reception. For an example, click on this link: Phase 2

 

Phase 3 – The children learn the last letter sounds and begin further work on digraphs. This is completed in Reception. For an example, click on this link: Phase 3

 

Phase 4 – This is a recap of all of the previous learning and allows the children to consolidate. This is a very short phase and should be completed by the end of Reception. For an example, click on this link: Phase 4

 

Phase 5 – This is the longest phase to teach. In this phase children look at alternative ways of spelling previously taught sounds and alternative ways of pronouncing them as well. Children should be secure in this phase by the end of Year 1. For an example, click on this link: Phase 5

 

Phase 6 – This phase looks at different spelling rules and introduces things such as prefixes and suffixes. Children should be secure in this phase by the end of Year 2. For an example, click on this link: Phase 6

 

Please see some information about the terminology used in phonics. We use an aspect of Read Write Inc, which is another synthetic phonics programme to support children with the formation of letters.

 

Phonics at Hillcrest - Terminology

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