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At Glebe, we follow the DFE approved, Little Wandle scheme for teaching phonics. The scheme takes a mastery approach to phonics and the idea is that all children will move through the scheme at the same pace and progression with those who need additional support receiving catch up sessions the same day.  Every member of staff, regardless of their role or key stage has completed the phonics training for this scheme. Research shows that in order for children to make the best possible progress, validity must be shown to one scheme and that taking elements for other phonics schemes could hinder progress. 

Progression

The programme below shows what is taught and when in Reception and Year 1. Children in Nursery will be taught and take part in sessions relating to Phase 1.

Pronunciation 

Each grapheme has a specific picture that is used to introduce it, along with either a pronunciation phrase or a mnemonic to ensure consistency and that all staff are introducing it in exactly the same way. Actions and songs are not used to avoid cognitive overload. 

It is vital when pronouncing the sounds that only pure sounds are used and that 'uh' is not added at the end of a word. Please see the videos below to hear how each sound is pronounced. 

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1:

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Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2:

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Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1:

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How we teach blending:

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Vocabulary  

There is a large amount of vocabulary and specific terminology that the children acquire when learning phonics. All adults, regardless of their key stage, use the same vocabulary with the children to ensure consistency. Please click the link below for are summary of the main vocabulary used.

Phonics screening check

In Year 1 children take part in a phonics screening check to assess their understanding of the different graphemes and their ability to apply this to blending and reading words. The test, which lasts 5-10 minutes and is taken individually as a child sits with their teacher, requires pupils to read aloud forty words. To pass, they must correctly read aloud 32/40 of the words. Some of the words in the test are harder than others, and some of the words aren't actual words with any meaning, but made-up (alien) words that see if children can apply their ability to decode sounds to correctly read it, to ensure that they can apply the same principles to learning new words as their vocabulary grows.

Alien words

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Alien words form part of the screening test. These words are fake or pseudo words. They are used to test whether the children know the graphemes taught. 

Tricky words

Tricky words are words that can not be sounded out easily. They are common words that have complex spellings in them. These words are introduced in phonics lessons in a specific order (see the programme overview)