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English is crutial part of our curriulum at Emmanuel Holcombe and is carefully woven throughout all learning to promote synthesis of learning.




Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. The Department of Education establishes the core criteria for effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes. Using phonics programmes, children are taught to read and write using phonics, which is by directly linking phonemes (sounds in words) and graphemes(the symbols used to represent them). There are 6 phonics levels

At Emmanuel Holcombe we follow the Twinkle scheme of work for our phonics teaching. Our curriculum progression document can be found here - curriculum progression document phonics

Mrs. Clough has explained the new scheme is this presentation - click here to access

There is also a video on how our phonics lessons are organised - click here to access

We use rhymes to teach our children how to from letters. Rhymes are much easier to remember than basic instructions, as they often get stuck in your head. This means children will be able to recall how to form each letter of the alphabet much more easily - all they've got to do is think back to the rhyme. Click here to see the rhymes we use to teach letter formation

We also use actions to embed a multisensory input to enhance letter recognition activities and phonetic awareness. 

Level 2 and 3 actions

Level 3 actions 

We have put together further information on our phonics scheme to help parents/ carers to understand how we teach phonics in school and to provide support at home. Your child's teacher will post specific sounds, rhymes, actions and books on Seesaw. 

Whole scheme sound mat- this groups graphemes that make the same sound into sound families. Every phoneme taught in our phonics scheme is listed on this mat from Level 2 to level 6. The colours on this mat match the levels in which they are taught

Level 2-5 phonics mat poster- this resource is a  poster featuring all the phonics sounds, graphemes, and blends that children are expected to learn in Phonics Phases 2-5.

It features each phoneme written down alongside a lovely illustration. The illustration shows an object that gives children a clue about how to pronounce the phoneme. For instance, the 'ch' phoneme is paired up with a picture of a chicken, and the 'ph' is pair up with an elephant. This is a great way to encourage children to sound out words and unfamiliar phonics sounds.

Visual cue phonics- The mats cover consonants, short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, silent letters and blends, to give a full picture of the building blocks of speech.

Each grapheme matches up with an illustration to represent the sound. Some long vowels have also been included to assist with sight word retention. 

Tricky letters and sounds word mat- This word mat features common tricky letters and sounds designed in a font for dyslexia to aid children with their reading. It is also a helpful resource for children who are struggling with spelling out these words.

Level 2 to 5 high frequency words- a word mat showing the high frequency words from level 2 to 5. 

English curriculum