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Phonics at Towngate Primary Academy


Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage One. Phonics teaching here at Towngate is based on the Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics scheme, where teaching is delivered to pupils within a four-phased process.

Pupils are taught using the following format:


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Pupils are taught phonics every morning, where they explore varied phonemes (letter sounds). This synthetic phonics work begins simply with oral blending: this is the process by which the children listen to sounds and then blend them. Pupils also learn to say sounds, in order, that are represented by individual letters and pronounce these together to say a word.


Synthetic phonics also teaches children to break down (segment) a word they hear into its individual sounds, starting from the first sound and working systematically through the word. For each sound they hear, they choose the letter or combination of letter, to represent that sound in order to spell the word. Here at Towngate, we use a flexible grouping approach to the organisation of phonics teaching, we ensure the provision of phonics is tailored to suit individual needs. 


For further information, please take a look at the video below, which explains phonics in further detail.




Phonics Screening Test


What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill. There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. Your child will read up to four words per page for their teacher and they will probably do the check in one sitting of about 5-10 minutes.

What sort of check is it and is it compulsory?

It is a school-based check to make sure that your child receives any additional support promptly, should they need it. It is not a stressful situation as the teacher will be well-equipped to listen and understand your child’s level of skills.

There will be a few practice words first to make sure your child understands the activity.

What does it check?

It checks that your child can:

Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words.
Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.

For further information about the phonics screening test, or ways in which you can further support your child at home, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

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