Early Reading and Phonics at Becontree Primary School
* There are some technical words that you will read on this page so we have provided some definitions to help.
What is phonics?
Phonics is an approach used to teach early reading.
Phonics is about knowing how letters in words link to sounds, for example, the letter ‘b’ in ‘bat’ makes a /b/ sound and the letters ‘ee’ in ‘tree’ make a long /ee/ sound.
At school, children learn to use this knowledge to help them read and write. They learn that by saying the sounds and running or blending them together, they can read the words on a page (b-a-t makes ‘bat’; t-r-ee makes ‘tree’). They also learn that if they break a spoken word up into separate sounds, they can start to spell it (the word ‘cat’ is spelt c-a-t).
Phonics has been shown to be a quick and effective way for young children to learn to read and start to spell words they want to write.
Our validated phonics scheme of work
At Becontree Primary School, we have chosen Schofield & Sims My Letters and Sounds as our validated Synthetic Phonics Programme. My Letters and Sounds is a systematic approach to teaching children to read using phonics.
Overview of the My letters and Sounds phases
My Letters and Sounds is divided into five phases. In each phase, the teaching builds upon children’s previous knowledge of letters and sounds taught in the previous phase.
Phonics Knowledge and Skills
Phase Two (Reception)
Phase Three (Reception)
Phase Four (Reception)
Phase Five (Year 1)
Phase Six (Year 2 and Beyond)
How can you help at home?