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Phonics at Oldfield 




We teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using a blended model of different programs such as 'Phonics Play' and 'Jolly Phonics' as well as our planning. Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sounds (phonemes) that they represent. Children then start to read words by saying the phonemes together to make a word. They also learn how to spell words using their phonic knowledge.


The children are introduced to synthetic phonics in our EYFS/1 and children progress through the phases during Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2). They are put into groups for phonics lessons based on the phase that they need to learn. We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics lessons and aim to make lessons fun and interactive.



Common Exception Words:

Children will also learn to read common exception words. These are words which don't quite follow the spelling or phonics rules that children are taught in years 1 and 2 and need to be practised until they are instantly recognisable. We try to think of different memorable ways that we can remember these words! Below is our progression document.