In our phonics teaching we aim to equip each child with phonics knowledge and skills to enable them to become fluent readers and confident writers.
The school uses Letters and Sounds for phonics teaching and from Nursery to Year 2 children have daily lessons. We have a whole school long term plan for phonics which maps the phases to be taught each term. Teachers devise weekly plans for their own class using an agreed school format.
Each phonics lesson involves a ‘revisit and review’ element which recaps on prior learning. A ‘teach’ element which introduces a new concept. This is followed by a ‘practise’ element where the new skill can be used and finally a ‘apply’ element which allows the new concept to be applied further in their learning. Throughout our phonics teaching high frequency words and common exception words are also taught.
Phonics lessons are around 20 minutes long and are taught as discrete lessons. The concepts which have been taught in phonics lessons would then be expected to be applied to writing across other areas of the curriculum.
Teachers assess children’s work in phonics by making informal judgements during lessons and through written work across the curriculum. Each term staff complete a phonics assessment for each child to inform them of each child’s current attainment in phonics.
Our Year 1 children participate in the National Year 1 Screening test in June and these results are reported to parents. Any child not achieving the pass mark will retake the test in Year 2.
Where necessary interventions are put in place to help any child who has gaps in their phonics knowledge. The interventions will often be practical based such as games or ICT in order to keep learning fun and engaging.
Phonics and Inclusion
At our school we teach phonics to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs. Phonics forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our phonics teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress. We aim to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents, and those learning English as an additional language and we take all reasonable steps to achieve this.