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Results & Phonics

Phonics teaching and learning at APPS.

'The teaching of phonics (the sound letters make) is effectively supporting pupils' reading skills.'

Ofsted 2014

At APPS we teach phonics, using 'Letters and Sounds Revised', through a specific phonics programme called 'Little Wandle', which we introduced in September 2021. 

As well as parental access to the Little Wandle website, we will continue to hold information sessions throughout the year, to support our parents and carers in developing their phonic knowledge so that we can all work in partnership to help our children with developing the necessary skills to be successful with early reading and writing. 

When our children are in year 1, they will have many opportunities to learn new sounds and to consolidate their phonic knowledge and understanding ensuring a rapid development of their early reading, spelling and writing skills. In June of each year, the children in year 1, take part in a statutory phonic screening assessment. To prepare the children for the screening and to make sure that they are comfortable with the process before June, the children will individually and with their class teacher, practice several previous papers throughout their time in year 1. This is a fun activity and the children usually love to share their phonic knowledge as they say and read both 'real' and 'alien' words!

Please find a link to: Letters and Sounds Revised

A useful video to support the sounds of the English phonic code - synthetic phonics

This link demonstrates how the children in year 1 will be individually screened by their teacher for their phonic knowledge: Year 1 individual phonic screening

This link demonstrates how to read 'real' and 'alien' words, using sound buttons: Real and alien words

Please find the links below to the various year 1 phonic screening checks over time for your information. These will provide a flavour of the phonics that your children will be taught over time to enable them to decode these 'real' and 'alien' words.

  1. Phonics-Glossary-A-Guide-For-ParentsDownload

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