Phonics at Timbercroft

Children in EYFS and KS1 take part in daily phonics sessions where they learn sounds, high-frequency and tricky words and practise blending for reading and segmenting for writing.

We follow the Letters and Sounds programme which sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. For more information, click here. 

We make the sessions as fun and interactive as we can through the use of songs, rhymes, actions and games, with the aim that the more fun the children have, the more memorable the learning will be. The children are then encouraged to apply the phonic knowledge they acquire into every part of the curriculum.

There are many resources that can be downloaded which may be useful in supporting your child’s developing phonic knowledge at home. To view these resources, click here

The children’s progress in phonics is tracked throughout EYFS and KS1 to ensure they are progressing through the phases and applying their knowledge. Children who are not progressing are identified and targeted for additional phonics work, online reading programmes and additional one to one reading. At the end of Year 1 the children have to undergo a phonics screening check which a test made up of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense). The children simply have to use their phonic ability to decode the words and read them aloud to a familiar adult.

We run regular workshops and parent pop-in sessions with a focus on phonics so if you would like any more information or ideas, please consider coming along to the next session.