Phonics (the knowledge of sounds):
Alongside the development of reading, the school has a structured approach to the learning of phonics. At our school, the teaching and learning of phonics is based around the DfE’s Letters and Sounds programme. Children work within phased groups. Every few weeks, their knowledge and skills are reviewed and next steps identified.
The lessons focus on segmenting (breaking up words into sounds) and blending (putting sounds together to make words).
During the Summer term of Year 1, the children have a phonics check to ascertain if they have reached the nationally expected standards for children of their age. The results of these tests are communicated with parents along with each child’s annual report. Children that do not meet the national requirement will be retested in Year 2. Children who require further support in Phonics higher up the school will receive it through tailored interventions.