Phonics and Reading
Phonics and Reading skills are taught at Kintbury St. Mary’s CE Primary School through StoryTime Phonics and using the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. Meet the Phonics Fairy by watching the clip below!
StoryTime Phonics is devised by Literacy Consultant Michelle Larbey. It is a
Children begin the StoryTime Phonics programme at the start of Reception year after the baseline assessments are complete, and continue across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Every child between Reception and Year 2 has a 25-minute phonics session every morning.
There are 26 letters in the alphabet, but they make 44 different sounds. These sounds are known as ‘phonemes’. We are often asked how each phoneme is pronounced. Watch the clip below to hear the pronunciation of each sound:
Each phoneme is introduced through a popular child’s fiction book to contextualise the sounds children are learning – for example the phoneme ‘ew’ is taught through the book ‘Dragon Stew’ by Steve Smallman.
We have a special character called ‘The Phonics Fairy’ who delivers the special books to us in a lovely bag sprinkled with her fairy glitter. We take our learning all around the school; from searching for ‘sharks in the park’ in our outdoor area when learning ‘ar’, to riding the train in the playground to learn the ‘oi’ phoneme. We also have a ‘Tricky Troll’ who tries to trick the children with ‘tricky words’, which are words that can’t be read using our phonics (e.g. ‘The’ and ‘I’).
There are six different phases used in this scheme which we follow:
The Pedagogy behind Storytime Phonics
The ‘Simple View of Reading’ final report by Sir Jim Rose 2006 for the National Literacy Trust, which informed and was embodied within the National Curriculum in 2013, defines the two key dimensions that identify reading skills as; ‘word recognition’ and ‘language comprehension’. It is a love of books that can, and should, be instilled long before any decoding happens – and should be at the forefront of our minds and central to our lessons.
Watch this clip to see why we have chosen to teach Phonics using the StoryTime Phonics scheme: