Phonics has a very prominent part in the school curriculum across all of the year groups.Within Yr R Phonics teaching begins once all the children are in full time. We use the Letters and Sounds program to teach each child a new phoneme daily. The pure phonics sound is taught within a multi-sensory approach. Each phonics session lasts approximately 20 minutes and follows the same pattern with the children listening to a story introducing the phoneme, learning the action that accompanies it and then practising writing that sound to make the link to the grapheme in a variety of fun ways. A fun memorable activity ends each session which practises the daily sound. Children are encouraged to use phonics to segment and blend letters into words for reading and writing.All 44 initial phonemes are taught within the four classes. At this point the children are sorted into ability groups to either reinforce and embed phonics learnt so far or to extend and develop phonics skills using the higher phases from Letters and Sounds.Parents are invited to a Phonics and Writing meeting in Autumn Term 1 to learn how it is taught in school.
Within Year 1 and Year 2 Phonics is taught within ability groups, rather than by the classteacher. This ensures that all children cover the required teaching at a pace which suits them, allowing time for reinforcement of some phonemes if required.
In Year 1 there are four dedicated sessions held weekly, with each session lasts for approximately 25 minutes and is taught as a separate lesson to English. These sessions focus on extending phonics knowledge in line with all children being able to sit the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. We are proud of our successful pass rate.
Within Year 2, phonics is taught within English sessions, lasting approximately 20 minutes. These dedicated sessions also encompass the new curriculum guidance linked to Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) for example, leaving spaces between words; using capital letters for sentences and names; using the correct grammatical terminology. Any child failing to meet the required standard for the Phonics Screening is required to undertake the check again at the end of Year 2.