Phonics in 5

‘Phonics in 5’ is a collection of videos made in Portsmouth schools, for Portsmouth teachers, teaching assistants and parents.

The videos contain descriptions of terminology and the importance of phonological skill development, along with examples of teaching strategies and children engaging with phonic activities.

Phonics in 5

What is phonics?

This video gives an explanation of phonics and how teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 supports children’s growing phonological awareness and the journey to becoming a successful reader.

Articulation of phase 2 sounds

A pupil in Year 1 clearly articulates the phonemes from Phase 2.

Thanks to Southsea Infant School for taking part in the creation of this video.

Articulation of phase 3 sounds

A pupil in Year 2 clearly articulates the phonemes from Phase 3.

Thanks to Cottage Grove Primary Academy for taking part in the creation of this video.

What is blending?

A description of blending with video footage of Year R and Year 1 pupils taking part in blending activities.

Thanks to Bramble Infant School for taking part in the creation of this video.

What is segmenting?

A description of segmenting with video footage of Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils taking part in segmenting activities.

Thanks to Copnor Primary School for taking part in the creation of this video.

Blends, digraphs and trigraphs

This video provides an explanation of blends, digraphs and trigraphs.

Sharing books and decodable reading books

In this video, teachers at Cottage Grove Primary Academy explore and demonstrate the different purposes of books.

The video explicitly illustrates how a phonetically fully decodable book supports children to read by themselves, whilst a rich language text story supports an adult to read to or share a book with a child, in line with Ofsted’s view of the purposes of different books.

Phonics for spelling

In this video, we learn some background information on the research surrounding using phonics to teach spelling, and are introduced to the idea of applying phonics for application in Key Stage 2.

Increasing the repertoire

In this video, we consider how children can build upon the phonics sounds learnt in FS and KS1, and add to these as they move through Key Stage 2.

Increasing the application

An introduction to more complex words which use the phoneme grapheme correspondence already taught.

This video provides a helpful progression from Year R to Year 5/6.

Controlled exposure

In this video, we learn when and how children should be exposed to new spellings for different phonemes. We also consider the variety of approaches that can be taken in order to spell correctly, drawing upon morphology, etymology and orthography.

Phase 1 phonics for nursery practitioners

Here are some examples of phase 1 experiences you can offer children in your nursery settings.