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Helping your child

The document below outlines how we teach phonics here at Ditchling and how you can best help your child.  Please contact your child's class teacher should you require any further information.

We base our phonics teaching on the Letters and Sounds scheme, this is supplemented by other resources including Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics. Letters and Sounds helps teachers plan progression in phonic skills. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
During Phonics lessons, children are taught to:

  • learn to read and write using graphemes (letter sounds)
  • decode words effortlessly, spell and handwrite
  • comprehend what they read
  • read with fluency and expression
  • write confidently using oral rehearsal
  • work effectively with talk partners to articulate their learning at every step.

Year 1 Phonics Screen

The phonics screening check is a quick check of your child's ability to decode words using only his or her phonic knowledge.  It helps us to confirm whether children have met the expected standard for a child at the end of Year 1.  The check is a statutory requirement for all children in  Year 1 (and for those in Year 2 who did not take the check or meet the standard in Year 1) and takes place each year in the summer term.

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