Phonics and early reading:
Welcome to the Phonics section!
Here we hope you will find everything you need to know about how the children at Rillington Primary School are learning to read, Mrs Stabler is our reading Lead, so please feel free to see her at any time.
The ability to read is within the reach of every child. The most direct route to reading for children is through systematically taught, ‘synthetic phonics’. At Rillington Primary School we insist on a ‘phonics first’ approach to reading, where children learn to decode (read) and encode (spell) printed words quickly and fluently by blending and segmenting letter sounds. Our teaching and learning follows the progression of ‘Letters and Sounds’, organised into 6 phases and is in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum.
We support the children’s application of phonics to their reading by using phonetically decodable reading books both in school and at home. Once children are able to read with fluency and apply their knowledge of all the letter/sound patterns taught then the children read a wider range of literature. Children who are just beginning to learn the letter/sound correspondences are learning at the same time to tell stories using books which do not have words to begin with. This is crucial in the development of spoken language and vocabulary. It is a necessary stepping stone towards becoming an accomplished reader and writer.
Phase 1 Phase 2: Phase 3: Phase 4:
Phase 5: Phase 6:
Below is a link to an excellent video which explains clearly and simply how to support your children in learning to read with phonics. The website (parent section) has lots of advice in the form of video and animation and also you can access lots of free ebooks to help with reading at home!