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Phonics schemes

Teaching of Phonics and Reading

Throughout school, the daily teaching of phonics happens in each class. Sessions last for approximately twenty minutes, introducing children to recognition of sounds, segmenting words and blending sounds together to support their ability to read words and write.

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics resources to deliver phonics in an exciting way that ensures children learn quickly and make good progress.

Meetings are held for parents early in the autumn and spring terms, where staff demonstrate the teaching and how it supports children’s development.

We use a range of reading schemes, organised into book bands, encouraging children to read a wide range of books confidently whilst extending their sight vocabulary and comprehension. This includes both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a variety of books from the class library to support children’s reading.

Phonics and reading strategies are developed through guided reading sessions. In addition children are encouraged to select books independently within the book bands that progress in terms of difficulty. We encourage a breadth of reading within a book band; ensuring children are secure before moving forward.

Amongst the schemes we use are:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Floppy’s Phonics (Oxford Reading Tree)
  • Alpha Blocks (phonic books)
  • Songbirds
  • Collins Big Cat books
  • Rigby Star
  • Pearson Phonic Bugs
  • MacMillan – I am reading

Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify children who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.

The check consists of one list of 40 words, comprising 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words.

The phonics screening check is administered to all Year 1 children and children in Year 2 who did not meet the required standard in year 1 or have not taken it before. The screening check is administered towards the end of the summer term (June), on a one-to-one basis by the class teacher. The child’s phonic screening check score will be reported to parents by the end of the summer term.