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Helping with Phonics

Phonics in school

At Sunnyfields, phonics is taught using the structured Letters and Sounds programme supplemented by the actions and visual prompts from the Jolly phonics scheme. Lessons are taught daily, in around 20 – 25 minutes discreet lessons with additional support, where needed. The children’s phonic ability is then assessed regularly to monitor the progress and target interventions where necessary.

In EYFS, children are introduced to the phonemes(sounds) linked to the letters of the English alphabet alongside teaching listening skills through oral blending and segmenting developed through the use of music, environmental sounds and rhymes. Children are also taught to blend sounds to read a variety of words and segment words or break down the sounds to aid their spellings.

In Year 1, children learn more about the variety of ways in which each phoneme can be spelled and also learn about the different pronunciations made by different letters or groups of letters. At the end of Year 1, children participate in the national phonics screening check which comprises of 40 words, 20 of them are real words and 20 are pseudo or non-words (alien). 

To find out more about the phonics check, click here. 

From Year 2 onwards, children consolidate their phonics knowledge and apply them in reading texts automatically, decoding words quickly and silently and, reading fluently with expression and intonation. Children in Year 2 will also be learning to spell most words accurately, with a focus on prefixes(un, sub, dis, mis) and suffixes (ing, ed, ment, ness, ful, ly) and more. 

Below are some useful links to help your child practice their phonics at home:

Click on the image to access a fantastic website which helps support the phonics teaching in school.

Children love playing 'Teach your monster to read'. Click on the image below to help your child in Reception and Year 1 access the website where they can teach their own monster to read. 


To help you and your child pronounce the pure sounds eg m, l, s etc, use the video below.