We use Letters and Sounds phonic scheme to teach phonics and reading from Nursery to Year 3. In the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 phonics is taught everyday and strategies are put in place for children that may need some additional support.
Phonics is important for children to become effective readers, but it is not an end in itself. Our children are taught phonics as part of a language rich curriculum, so that they develop their wider reading skills at the same time.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds, progressing through to the most complex - it’s the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It’s particularly helpful for children aged 5–7.
Our classes use a wide range of reading scheme and non-scheme books, colour coded into ability bands using the Book Band system, to teach and support reading.
Parents and significant grown-ups are invited into classrooms every Friday morning to take part in Reading Morning with their children from Reception to Year 4.
We hold Reading workshops for parents in the Autumn term to support reading at home.
To encourage reading across our school community a book swap trolley for parents and carers is available outside both school offices. Please bring in a book to swap and share.
Information about Phonics for parents from the DfE can be downloaded here.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check is statutory and comprises of a short and simple assessment of phonic decoding. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which Year 1 children read to a teacher. Administering the assessment usually takes between four and nine minutes per child.
The check is designed to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and have grasped the essential skills that underpin good reading.
Pupils who have not reached the standard at the end of Year 1 receive extra support to ensure they can improve their phonic decoding skills. They have the opportunity to retake the screening check in Year 2.