Phonics

At Leverton we want all our pupils to become independent and accurate readers. We want them to be able to recognise and remember a wide range of words when reading.  Our aim is that, through our progressive phonics curriculum, children will develop the skills to read and become independent readers.  

Children will learn the sounds from each of the phases. These will be taught using ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds), so that the phases are embedded for future learning.  We want pupils to attempt to read unfamiliar words on their own, while using the segmenting and blending skills that they have been taught and to be able to read and write an increasingly wide range of words accurately from memory.

Through their daily phonics sessions, in Reception and Key Stage One, children will also be challenged to apply their learnt knowledge in their writing.  Children are taught in a variety of ways including interactively, so that the learning environment is a fun and productive one. 

We want to support parents too, by providing children with a range of decodable books, so that children can continue to develop their phonetic skills at home as they read.   We recognise the importance of reading to parents or carers outside of school and aim to encourage this.   

Reading at Leverton is a priority and we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Through our structured and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics, pupils will acquire phonic knowledge and build on previous learning.  We aim to embed reading skills in all areas of the curriculum, ensuring that children apply the skills that they have learnt.  

Recommended Phonics Websites

www.free-phonics-worksheets.com

worksheets for –

– consonant and vowel recognition,

– initial consonant sounds,

– beginning and end blends,

– consonant diagraphs,

– silent letters,

– long vowel sounds,

– Phase 3 and 5 sounds.

www.firstschoolyears.com

a good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games. Covers-

– Phase 3 and 5 sounds

– Phase 6 work such as prefixes and suffixes, plurals and tense worksheets.

– extensive list of long vowel worksheets and games such as hangman.

www.sparklebox.co.uk

Has sections that covers all the phonic phases and the tricky words, 100/200 common words.

Lots of letter fans, mats, display ideas and games that follow ideas in phases.

www.primaryresources.co.uk

Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and PowerPoints. Covers-

– Early phonics and alphabet work.

– Phase 6 work (plurals, tenses, prefixes/suffixes etc)

– some phase 3/4/5 sounds.

www.kidzone.ws/phonics

American site, simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds.

www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

a great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

a selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

www.northwood.org.uk/phonics

interactive games for a range of sounds. Each has a couple interactive games and a clever LCWC game.