Reading and Phonics
In Reception, we start our phonics journey with Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds progressing into Phase 3 after the Autumn term. We supplement both of these phases with stories, actions and songs from Jolly Phonics. Using the rhymes we introduce correct letter formation. Phase 4 is taught in the summer term leading into Year 1.
During their time in Year 1, children begin Phase 5 where they are taught new phase 5 sounds as a whole class. Based on their progress and acquisition of sounds, children are then placed in groups to match their phonics level.
At St Joseph's, we follow the Collins Big Cat reading scheme throughout the school.
On entry to Year 2, children are exposed to new spelling rules through daily English lessons and expected to apply these in their independent writing.
Common exception words and statutory words are explicitly taught in all year groups.
Phase 2- 5 tricky words
Year 1 and 2 Common exception words
Year 2 can access spelling rule words and games on:
A link to demonstrate HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE PHONIC SOUNDS ACCURATELY: