In Year R we learnt songs when we did Phonics.
In Year 1 we learn a little differently. We put actions to the sounds we use to help us to remember them.
Some of the words you might hear us saying are;
Phoneme - this is the sound that we can hear
Grapheme - this is the way the sound looks when it is written down
Diagraph - this is when two letters together make one sound (like ch, sh, th)
Trigraph - this is when three letters together make one sound (like igh, tch)
Split vowel diagraph - this is sometimes known as 'magic e' where the letter e on the end of a word changes the vowel sound. For example the words date, bike, cone, flute.
At the end of Year One, all children across the country take part in a Phonics Screening Check where they are expected to read both real and made up (we call them 'alien') words. To find out more about this, please click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/194057/phonics_check_leaflet_2013_.pdf