In EYFS and Key Stage 1, all children have a daily phonics session. Children are ability grouped so that needs can be met. When teaching phonics, we use a scheme of work called Read, Write Inc (RWI) which was developed by a lady called Ruth Miskin. It is a synthetic phonics programme that aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.
In Nursery and Reception (Autumn 1), we teach the children as a whole class, using Letters and Sounds Phase 1 Phonics. However, for those children who have a secure knowledge of Phase 1, they are swiftly moved onto small groups to begin the RWI programme. In KS1 and reception (Autumn 2), we teach the children in ability groups, allowing us to focus on the children’s needs in more detail. Groups are delivered in KS2 if necessary.
Every child from Nursey to Year 2 has a 30mins phonics lesson each day the children are grouped across the foundation stage and key stage based on their ability
From Nursery up to Year 2 children are taught to say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters and to sound out the word, e.g. c-a-t, sh-o-p, s-t-r-ee-t.
In Read Write Inc phonics the individual sounds are called ‘speed sounds’ – because we want the children to read them effortlessly.
The children learn the sounds by sight. They also learn how to blend them together to read words
Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so the children can ‘sound out’ and ‘sound blend’ words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt, for example s-p-r-ay spray.
Green words are words which the children will be able to blend and segment to read as they are made up of the speed sounds that they will have learnt.
Red Words are words that can not be blended and the children are taught to read these words on sight.
To prepare for the end of year phonics check the children are taught to blend/segment to read nonsense (alien words during every phonics session)
Every half term the children are assessed on what sounds they have learnt and what green and nonsense words they can read. Based on this assessment the children are regrouped for the following half term.
Teachers and teaching assistants provide additional support and booster groups to support the children with their phonics and any gaps that they may have.
In Year 1 the children take part in 3 mock phonics screening checks throughout the year to access their progress and gaps towards the phonics check at the end of the year.
We offer numerous phonics workshops for parents to support by helping their child with phonics so that we can work in an effective partnership.
Weekly spelling lessons
We have identified that our pupils need taught spelling lessons on a weekly basis. There are spelling working walls in every classroom so that pupils can refer to them to support their daily lessons. The children have weekly spellings which they are expected to learn at home after having a taught spelling lesson in class. This year we have a new spelling resource called Spelling Shed which is part of EDShed. This will enable your child to access extra resources to support their spelling work by providing games and challenges. At the start of the year your child will be issued with a personalised log in to use for both their spellings and maths (see below). Click the log in below to access the resources to support your child’s learning.