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Tell me about phonics phases please

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chivers1977 Tue 07-Dec-10 15:40:18

My son has just moved to green level reading books in Y1 and I wrote in the reading record that he didn't know the EA or OA phonemes. The teacher has responded that those are phase 5 and he is on phase 4 C8. I have tried googling but can't find what this relates to.

Any teachers able to assist?


IndigoBell Tue 07-Dec-10 15:59:15

I think they mean 'letters and sounds'

neerg Tue 07-Dec-10 16:42:53

Hereis the letters and sounds document that Indigobel was mentioning. Phase 4 is 8?uc=force_uj

neerg Tue 07-Dec-10 16:45:16

You can also look up what the children will learn in phase 5 by looking here 3?uc=force_uj

hocuspontas Tue 07-Dec-10 17:28:13

oa is phase 3 IIRC

chivers1977 Tue 07-Dec-10 17:52:37

Thank you ladies. Any ideas what C8 would be within Phase 4?

chivers1977 Tue 07-Dec-10 17:57:17

Whoops, it was OU that I had queried not OA and OU is definitely in Phase 5. In a standard state primary school would phase 4 be the normal level for this term in Year 1.

He is doing fine IMHO but just interested to know more and I don't get to see the teachers after school to ask....

maizieD Tue 07-Dec-10 19:19:00

Just to clarify; 'ea' and 'oa' are technically called 'graphemes'. That is, they are spellings which represent a phoneme ('sound'), in this case, the /ee/ and /oe/ sounds respectively. There are only 44ish phonemes but lots of graphemes (about 160+ common ones)

IB is right, the teacher is referring to Letters and Sounds, which is taught (completely unnecessarily) in 'phases'. I would be strongly tempted to put another note in his reading record asking why he is being expected to read words containing phase 5 graphemes when he hasn't yet been taught them.

neerg Tue 07-Dec-10 19:31:38

No idea what C8 is. Could it be something to do with the phonic program the school chooses to follow? (eg. RWI or Jolly Phonics) Someone else may know a bit more about this.
I think that phase 4 is where children should be in first term of year 1, based on the idea that most children should be hitting phase 3 by the end of Reception.

mrz Tue 07-Dec-10 19:39:16

Phase 4 L&S should be taught in reception (but obviously it depends if children spend a full year or only a term in YR) Personally I'm unsure why they made a phase 4 as it is simply blending longer words (ccvc & cvcc)

chivers1977 Tue 07-Dec-10 19:54:17

I will put a message in the book as suggested asking when he will be taught the graphemes (ea and ou)that appear in his reading books on the level that he is on - esp if Mrz has said that he should have done phase 4 in reception (he was in for the whole year and is in a mixed y1/y2 class). L&S seems so different to the way that I learnt to read, I struggle to explain the oddities of the English language when he is reading to me!


maverick Tue 07-Dec-10 20:13:09

You might find these Alphabet Code charts useful, chivers: habetic%20_Code_phoneme_pictures_A4x4_chart.pdf

chivers1977 Tue 07-Dec-10 20:36:35

Thank you so much Maverick!!

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