At the Hundred of Hoo Academy, we will be following Letters and Sounds to deliver our Phonics curriculum.
It is divided into 6 phases which are as follows;
Phase 1 – focusses on speaking and listening
Phase 2 – vowel, consonants, initial sounds, letter-sound correspondence, blend and segment words
Phase 3 – letter names, consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs and trigraphs.
Phase 4 – consolidation of sounds taught, reading multisyllabic words, consonant blends (for example; str, fl, lk)
Phase 5 – increasing numbers of digraphs including split digraphs, alternative pronunciations and alternative spellings.
Phase 6 – spelling patterns, adding suffixes, past tense, mnemonics
Every year, Year 1 pupils undertake a compulsory Phonics Screening to assess their ability to decode real and pseudo (fake) words. It is a national assessment and therefore it is statutory.
One teacher will assess all of our year 1 pupils and the screening is done on a one-to-one basis. The pupils will be presented with one word at a time. This word will either be a real word or an “alien” word and will contain phonemes (sounds) from phases 3, 4 and 5 of Phonics. They are to then successful segment and blend each word. There are 40 words to be decoded and the children will receive a score for this. The pass mark is unknown until all scores nationally are submitted.
At the Hundred of Hoo Academy, we teach Phonics on a daily basis from 9:00 to 9:20. This does mean that if a pupil is late to school they are likely to miss some vital learning for the Phonics Screening, therefore lowering their chances of passing. Should they not pass this year they will have to retake it in year 2.