Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught from the start of Reception.
There are 26 letters of the alphabet but they make 44 sounds. Use the audio guide (in the resources section, see below) to hear all 44 sounds.
For more information about the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and for ebooks please visit: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.
For the last few years, the threshold mark (or pass standard) set by the government has been 32 correct answers out of 40.
Children learn the correct letter formation as part of their daily Speed Sounds Lesson. We use the mnemonics to help children visualise the letter before they write it down. In the ‘Write the letters’ activity in the lesson, children practise saying the handwriting phrase and the sound as they form the letter in the air and then write the sound on paper.