We teach word reading through daily twenty minute phonics sessions in both Reception and Key Stage One. By the end of Year 1, it is our expectation that all children will have been taught the skills needed to enable them to read widely and with fluency and that they will use their blending and segmenting skills to help them tackle unfamiliar words. These skills are assessed in June of Year 1 by the National Phonics Screening Check. You can see our results of this on our Performance Data Page.
Phonics sessions are informed by regular assessments and planned systematically using the national guidance called ‘Letters and Sounds’. Our teaching sequence has been revised from letters and sounds. Sessions follow a rigorous four part structure of: revisit, teach, practice and apply. A revised 'Letters and Sounds' is supplemented with actions and songs that are used to support and enhance our teaching. Teaching Assistants are trained to deliver small group phonics and phonic interventions alongside the class teacher. Interventions are identified on a daily basis so that all children are able to 'keep up' with the phonics taught in their class.
At the end of each week, in Reception and Year 1, children will take home a phonetically plausible book based on the sounds that have been taught that week. These are changed on a weekly basis to match the current phonic teaching.