At Barnburgh Academy, we are Readers! We want our children to love reading and books! They will have no limits to their ambitions and have opportunities to grow up to be librarians, authors, screen writers, editors and teachers. Through our teaching of Phonics, we provide purposeful learning to explore, appreciate and understand the creative world of books, and how reading can help to develop skills across all areas of the curriculum. Pupils at Barnburgh are able to explore the relationship between sounds, words and sentences to develop a secure knowledge of reading.
At Barnburgh we use the Read, Write Inc programme to build understanding of phonics sounds, and to develop early reading skills. Children from nursery have access to phonics teaching in class and have the opportunity to practise these skills in provision across the Early Years. We intend for the Read, Write Inc programme to be accessible and successful for every reader in our school whilst keeping fidelity to the scheme as a whole.
Every child is supported to achieve one step progress in the progression of stages on the Read, Write Inc programme so that they will have completed the programme during Year 2.
At Barnburgh, Phonics is taught from Nursery to Year 2, with additional support for any children who are in need of Phonics provision in Key Stage Two.
The impact of our phonics teaching will ensure children make progress from learning sounds and blending orally in nursery, to beginning to read words and sentences in Reception, to passing the Phonics Screening check in Year 1, and finally to completing the Read, Write Inc programme and becoming competent and confident readers in Year 2. Our Phonics programme will lead the pupils of St Joseph’s to be enthusiastic readers and to want to read and access books independently, and to develop a love of reading that will last throughout their lifetime.
Blending - Blending involves merging the sounds in a word together in order to pronounce it. This is important for reading. For example, j-a-m blended together reads the word jam.
Consonant - The letters of the alphabet (apart from the vowels a, e, i, o and u).
CVC words - An abbreviation for consonant-vowel-consonant. This is a simple way of indicating the order of the graphemes in words. For example, it (VC), cat (CVC), bench (CVCC).
Digraph - A grapheme made up of two letters that makes one sound (sh in fish).
Grapheme - A grapheme is simply a way of writing down a phoneme. A grapheme can be one letter (s), two letters (ir), three letters (igh) or four letters in length (ough).
Grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) - Knowing your GPCs means being able to hear a phoneme and knowing what grapheme to use to represent it. This is helpful for spelling. Conversely, it also means seeing a grapheme and knowing the phoneme that relates to it, which is important for reading.
Phoneme - The smallest unit of sound in a word. There are around 44 phonemes in English and they are represented by graphemes in writing. Phonemes are usually shown as symbols between two forward slashes. For example, /b/ or /ch/.
Segmenting - Segmenting involves breaking up a word that you hear into its sounds. This helps with spelling because if you know what graphemes represent the sounds in the word, you can write it! For example, the word jam is segmented into the sounds j-a-m.
Split digraph - A digraph that is split between a consonant (a-e in make). A split digraph usually changes the sound of the first vowel. For example, compare the pronunciation between hug and huge
Red words - words that are commonly used in English, but they have complex spelling patterns which make them difficult to read and write. For example: said, of and was.
Trigraph - A grapheme made up of three letters that makes one sound (igh in high).
Vowel - The letters a, e, i, o and u.
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