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Phonics
At Red Oaks we use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics.

Watch our fabulous phonics video showing the sounds and actions we teach our Foundation children

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track children until they are able to decode. This us undertaken in all state schools in Year 1 and for children in year 2 who did not meet the year 1 standard. They are administered internally by teachers.
The phonics screening check is a short and simple assessment of phonic decoding. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which Year 1 children read to a teacher. Administering the assessment usually takes between four and nine minutes per child.
Non-words (made up words) are included because they will be new to all children, so there won't be a bias to those with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. The non-words are presented alongside a picture of an imaginary creature, and children can be told the non-word is the name of that type of creature. This helps children to understand the non-word should not be matched to their existing vocabulary.
Examples of words include star, shelf.
Examples of non-words inclide dov, vead

Websites:
Phonics Play (all FS and KS1 children have log ins)
Mr Thorne (apps also available to download)
Family Learning Phonics Games
Top Marks Letters and Sounds

Phonics Glossary
blend  to draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p, blended together, reads snap 
cluster two (or three) letters making two (or three) sounds, e.g. the first three letters of 'straight' are a consonant cluster 
digraph two letters making one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph. 
Trigraph three letters making one sound, e.g. air, igh, ure. 
vowel digraphs two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ai, oo
split digraph two letters, split, making one sound, e.g. a-e as in make or i-e in site 
grapheme a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, ch, igh, ough (as in 'though') 
grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC) the relationship between sounds and the letters which represent those sounds; also known as 'letter-sound correspondences' 
mnemonic a device for memorising and recalling something, such as a snake shaped like the letter 'S' 
phoneme the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters 'sh' represent just one sound, but 'sp' represents two (/s/ and /p/) 
segment (vb)  to split up a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it, e.g. the word 'cat' has three phonemes: /c/, /a/, /t/ 
VC, CVC, CCVC  the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant, and used to describe the order of letters in words, e.g. am, Sam, slam
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