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Margaret Fuller

At Albemarle we aim to teach high quality phonics to ensure that all children have the best possible start in reading and writing. Phonics lays the foundation for a child’s body of knowledge, skills and understanding that are an essential part of learning to read and write.


What is Phonics?

• This is the knowledge of how the alphabetic sounds work and how these sounds are combined to correspond to the spoken word.

• Phonemes are the sounds, which are made by blending letters to correspond to the spoken word.

• Graphemes are the written representation of phonemes.


At Albemarle, all teaching and support staff have been trained in using Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc phonics programme. Synthetic phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage One. Children are encouraged to use phonic techniques (decoding and sounding out) to read and spell ‘green’ words.  Children are also taught to read tricky ‘red’ words by sight. Once children become confident readers, we introduce them to real books which provide them with opportunities to work on their decoding and develop a ‘Love for Reading’.


Children in Nursery are introduced to the Set 1 sounds in the Spring term and will be blending simple CVC words by the Summer term.


Children in Reception review Set 1 sounds and are taught set 2 sounds. Those that are ready will start guided reading sessions. These contain a combination of phonics and reading comprehension skills. Every week children take home two books, one linked to the particular sounds they are learning, and another book of their choice. This promotes a love for reading and through a growing familiarity of specific sounds and words, encourages confidence and a sense of independence.


Children in Year 1 review Set 2 sounds and are taught Set 3 sounds. We aim for all children to complete the phonics programme by the end of Year 1. Children that do not pass the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1 will continue with the phonics programme through regular interventions.


Useful links to help with Phonics:

Please watch the link below to learn more about Read Write Inc Phonics:




A list of the letter sounds and their rhymes to help the children with writing letters.



A very good selection of interactive games focussing on phonics and sentence construction. Each is split into medium/hard/really hard and are short and fun.



A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases.



A free website built to help you help your child learn to read and love to read.



Year 1 Phonics 2012

Year 1-2 Phonics 2013

Year 1-2 Phonics 2014

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