The teaching and learning of Phonics is a crucial part of the day for our children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics gives the children the tools they need to be able to read and write successfully. Being able to read and write independently allows children to access the world around them and helps them to reach their own individual potentials.
As we value the importance of quality phonics teaching and learning we make this a priority in our school day. Each child has a 25 minute lesson on phonics at the very start of the school day.
Phonics is taught in differentiated groups from Reception through to Year 2 by teachers and with the support of teaching assistants. We use the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching phonics along with a number of other resources. Children work through Phases 2-6 starting in Reception with Phase 2. Phases 4 and 5 are taught in year 1 with Phase 6 being covered in Year 2.
Children’s progress through the phonics phases is tracked and monitored by teachers. Every year our year 1 children sit the national test for phonics The Phonics Screening Check. This test assesses a child’s ability to decode words using the letters and sounds taught from phase 2 to phase 5.
Parents are kept up to date with phonics progress on weekly newsletters in Reception. Parents are also invited to a meeting to discuss phonics at the beginning of every school year. Phonics progress is discussed with parents at our twice yearly parents evenings.
Phonics lessons are planned weekly using the Review, Teach, Practice, Apply approach allowing progress to be well paced with an emphasis on reinforcement.
We use of number of interactive games and websites in school to further phonics progress.