At Portfields Primary School we follow Twinkl Phonics, which is an approved validated phonics scheme since 2022 by the Department for Education (DfE).
Twinkl phonics sets out a detailed and systematic daily programme to teach our children the phonics skills needed to be able to read and write. It contains six levels, which are taught in order, and starts in EYFS (reception) until Year Two, with some children in year Three also receiving phonics teaching as required. As we do not currently have a nursery, the EYFS team will always support individuals who are missing elements of level 1. Our aim is to ensure all children have had the opportunity to access all six stages by the end of Year Two. The structured phonic lessons we use are the stepping stones to all children being able to read fluently by the end of Year 6, which is our ultimate aim.
The Twinkl Phonics Programme offers a coherently planned sequence of lessons that supports the effective teaching of phonics within EYFS, KS1 and, where appropriate, KS2. Level 1 Twinkl Phonics provides themed teaching packs for nurseries and preschool providers to deliver each of the DfE’s Phase 1 phonics aspects. Throughout Level 1, young learners develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to discriminate between and use auditory, environmental and instrumental sounds. Level 1 is taught in the EYFS and runs alongside the teaching of phonics Levels 2-4. Here learners are introduced to phonemes/sounds and graphemes/letters systematically. They also learn
to develop and apply blending and segmenting skills for reading and writing.
Within KS1, children work mainly within Levels 4, 5 and 6. The coherently planned sequence of lessons within Level 5 allows opportunities for children to apply their phonics knowledge and skills as the prime approach to reading and spelling. It focuses on phonetically decodable two-syllable and three-syllable words and the alternative ways of pronouncing and representing the long vowel phonemes. Furthermore, children will develop their ability to attempt to read and spell increasingly complex words. By Level 6, children explore spelling patterns and grammar while also developing a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding in the recognition and spelling of common exception words.
The Twinkl Phonics Programme intends to not only provide children with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding essential for
reading and writing, but also, to develop each child’s confidence, resilience and
engagement in phonics lessons and foster a love for reading and writing.
We use this phonics approach to teach children how to decode, segment and blend words so that they can read and write them. Children practise using their skills in their daily 20-30 minute phonics lesson until they reach the end of phase 6. Daily phonics lessons revise sounds previously learnt and then teach the new phoneme (sound) and grapheme (letter). The children practise reading and writing words containing the new grapheme being taught. There are numerous opportunities in their lesson to apply their phonics. This is through games such as ‘reading bingo’, interactive whiteboard games and writing the grapheme in sand/shaving foam. Alongside this, at Portfields Primary School, we use various websites to enhance the teaching and learning in our
In Year 1 children take the National Phonics Screening Check to test their phonic skills of being able to read phonetically decodable and ‘alien’/nonsense words. This takes place in June and is carried out on a 1:1 basis with a familiar adult. Parents are informed if their child has reached the expected standard or not.