What is Phonics?
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read. It works by breaking down a word into its individual sounds, called phonemes. In Phonics lessons, children are taught how to:
How is Phonics taught at Edward Francis Primary School?
At Edward Francis, we use a phonics resource called Anima Phonics. This is a fun and interactive resource that gets children reading quickly and has been validated by the Department for Education. Anima Phonics teaches phonemes kinaesthetically, with a corresponding picture, rhyme and action to really help embed the children’s learning.
What does a Phonics lesson look like?
Within the first few full weeks of Reception, children at Edward Francis Primary School will start taking part in daily, rigorous whole-class phonics lessons. These lessons usually last up to 20 minutes, and extend to at least 30 minutes per session in Year 1. In small groups throughout the day, children will revisit their phonics learning through the use of games and activities to help build confidence in applying what has been learnt.
Children will continue to consolidate their phonics skills daily at the start of Year 2, before moving on to spelling rules and patterns. During Phonics lessons, we will revisit previous sounds taught, teach a new sound or word, practise with games and activities, and then apply that sound by reading or writing it within words and sentences. Children who need a little more support will have regular extra practise in a small group with an adult.
Where can I find out more?
Have a look at these links for some more information about Anima Phonics at Edward Francis:
For those who are keen to investigate further, our Phonics Lead holds a Phonics meeting every Autumn term for all who would like to attend.
Parents of children in EYFS will be updated weekly on their child's learning via Tapestry.
All children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 will bring home Anima Phonics homework which relates directly to what is being taught in class.
Topics covered in the Phonics meeting include -
What is phonics?
How will my child be taught?
How do I pronounce the phonic sounds?
What will my child's books look like?
How can I support my child at home?
Should you have any questions, or if you'd like additional Phonics materials or information please contact email@example.com
How can I help at home?