Phonics

Phonics at Boxgrove

We use a variety of resources throughout the school to teach phonics, but Jolly Phonics is
used as the initial phonic system. Jolly Phonics is a program which teaches the phonemes
using pictorial clues, rhyme, song and action. This multi-sensory approach helps children to
embed the recognition, decoding and blending skills necessary for reading and writing.

Parents of Foundation Stage children are invited to a short meeting at the start of the year,
to explain the teaching of phonics, so they can support and understand their child’s learning.

Within the first few weeks of school the Foundation stage children will start to learn the
first set of Jolly Phonics on a daily basis. This is a short 15 minute learning time. The session
is active, multi-sensory, fast paced and fun, with an opportunity to practice blending,
segmenting and writing phonemes. During this session the children are also taught to read
then write ‘tricky words’, which cannot be decoded using phonics.

The children throughout the rest of the school are also taught either phonics or spellings
(depending at what phase level they are at) three times a week. These 15 minute sessions
allow the children to access phonics or spellings at their own level. The children are grouped
according to which Phonic Phase they are learning within and taught in small groups. At
Phonic Phase 6, the children are moving onto spelling patterns and rules.

There are other phonic programs which are used as teaching tools for children who need
extra support. These include ‘Nessy’, an interactive computer program, which the children
can through independently and Direct Phonics which is used in small teaching groups.

In each classroom, there is a wealth of visual phonic resources which the children are
encouraged to access to support their own reading and writing. Phonics is integral to the
teaching of reading and writing and will be referred to and taught in English lessons and
Guided Reading.