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Anyone teach to Phase 4 Letters and Sounds in Reception Year?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by evullo, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. evullo

    evullo New commenter


    I am looking for any schools that manage to progress their pupils to the end of Phase 4 by the end of the Reception Year as stated in the Letters and Sounds guidance on their website.

    I teach in a single form entry school on Essex and I would like to find out how schools do this. If you are a school that achieved this, or know one that does, please message me or comment below so I can perhaps organise a visit to get some insights.

    Thank you for your help in advance.

  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We do, but our children start Reception knowing almost all their alphabet sounds and letter names. We recap those in the autumn term, with lots of blending and segmenting as well.
    Then phase 3 nice and slowly during the spring and phase 4 for the summer term.

    At my previous school children started Reception having very few phase 1 skills, so we didn't start phase 2 until after Christmas and then phase 3 in the summer term. Phase 4 and 5 in year 1.

    It completely depends on your intake.
    Gsr25 likes this.
  3. evullo

    evullo New commenter

    Awesome, thank you
  4. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I see Phase 4 as a recap phase - they aren't learning any new sounds, but they are practising those they (should) know and using them in slightly more challenging ways. So in my view, it can be a nice end to the year or a nice beginning of the next year - or both.
  5. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I’ve never seen this and I’ve worked in many schools. I worked in one recently where there were pupils in year 3 still learning the alphabet.
  6. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    All our children across KS1 are grouped according to phonic ability. We have a few Reception children who have finished Stage 3 and will be moving on to stage 4 next term, we have some yr 2 children ( not many!) still on stage 3. The rest fall somewhere in between!

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