We believe it is essential that children master the skill of reading and so we spend a lot of time in the early years tackling
this. We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme supplemented by a variety of books; including Rigby Rockets and Project X.
Please feel free to download a copy of our 'Reading in Reception' letter to parents.
Phonics is taught daily in F/KS1 in 20 minute sessions. Children are taught in their age groups. We follow the Jolly Phonics
and Letters and Sounds phonics programmes.
In Reception all children start on Phase 1 which focuses on listening and tuning into sounds as well as orally segmenting and blending words. Children quickly move onto Phase 2, 3 and 4 where they are learning a specific number of phonemes and graphemes.
In Year 1 children move onto Phase 5 and in Year 2 children begin Phase 6. Children in Year 1 start spelling tests in preparation for their Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. This is a National Assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6.
All Year 1 pupils in maintained schools must complete the check. The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in Year 2. The check comprises of a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one to one with a teacher.