Welcome to the DBCPS Phonics Zone!
Phonics is taught on a daily basis in all schools from the age of three. In Nursery, the children are taught to recognise sounds around them. From Reception they are taught individual sounds. The children then learn how to ‘blend’ (put sounds together to make a word) and ‘Fred-talk’ (separate a word to recognise each sound in the word). In Reception, the children are assessed on arrival to the school and placed in the relevant Read, Write, Inc (RWI) group. They carry on learning phonics throughout Year 1 and Year 2 working their way through the entire RWI programme.
When the children first start RWI they learn the Set 1 sounds and the move to Set 2 when they are able to securely blend sounds. Set 3 teaches the children familiar sounds but with a different grapheme (the letters that represent each sound).
The following link explains how the program is structured and the expectations for each year group from Nursery to Year 1: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/phonics/
The RWI program prepares our children for the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1 as well as providing a solid basis for children to build on. Here is a link to a short video that will explain what the Phonics Screening Check is, how it is administered and why it is useful: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-phonics-screening-check/
Free Phonics eBook
In our new and updated eBook you will learn how we pronounce each sound correctly. To help both children and adults we have recorded the children’s voices saying each sound. Currently it is only compatible with Apple iPad devices, but we hope to offer more options in the future.
Have fun learning each of the sounds with your child and download the eBook today!