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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 the Department for Education's recommended systematic phonic scheme, know as 'Letters and Sounds'. We also support our children with developing their phonic knowledge and application through the 'Phonics Play' programme. We use a variety of teaching techniques to meet the learning needs of all of our young learners.

We 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. Our phonic, reading and writing information sessions for EYFS and year 1 were held in October with sessions at 3.30p.m and 3.45p.m. Further sessions will be run throughout the year, so please check Parent Mail and the school calendar for future dates - thank you.

When our children are in year 1, they will have many opportunities to learn new sounds and to consolidate their phonic knowledge and understanding to ensure 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!

This is an excellent link to the DfE Daily Phonics lessons available during the CV-19 lockdown period: DfE Daily Phonics

Please find a link to DfE Letters and Sounds.

Letters and Sounds principles and practice

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

Please find a link to the Phonics Play website:

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

The following link demonstrates how sound buttons are used to teach phonic sounds:  Sound buttons 

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. 2019 EYFS Phonics Presentation Download
  2. 2019 Year 1 Phonics Presentation Download
  3. 2019 Phonic assessmentDownload
  4. 2018 Phonic assessmentDownload
  5. 2017 Phonic assessmentDownload
  6. 2016 Phonic assessmentDownload
  7. 2015 Phonic assessmentDownload
  8. 2014 Phonic assessmentDownload
  9. 2013 Phonic assessmentDownload
  10. 2012 Phonic assessmentDownload

Ashford Park
Primary School

Station Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3HN

01784 250305

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