Phonics at Highbury Quadrant

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. At Highbury Quadrant we use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics which we supplement with resources from other schemes, such as the actions from the Jolly Phonics scheme for Phase 2.

All children from Nursery to Year 2 have a discrete daily phonics lesson. Every child moves in a structured way from the easiest sounds (phase 2) through to the most complex (phase 6). Children are taught to recognise the sounds that each letter makes, identify the sounds made by different combinations of letters and blend these sounds to make words.

During daily phonics sessions there are opportunities for the teacher to regularly assess the children’s understanding – this assessment continues outside of the discrete phonics sessions by observing their writing and through guided reading sessions. During the Summer term in Year 1, children are required to sit the Phonics Screening Check to confirm whether they have made the expected progress. The children are asked to read 40 words aloud. The check will contain a mix of real words and ‘non-words’ (or ‘nonsense words’). The results of the check will be reported to parents.

All children are individuals and develop at different rates. The screening check ensures that teachers understand which children need extra help with phonic decoding. Children who have not made the expected progress receive additional phonics support and retake the check in year 2.

(Information guided by ‘Learning to read through phonics Information for parents’ DfE 2013)

If you wish to know more, please see our information documents, links to all of these are in the sidebar on the right of the page. These include a glossary of terms, and a copy of our presentation to parents.

If you have any questions about phonics please speak to your child’s teacher.