In School, phonics is delivered through the Letters and Sounds scheme. Generally children will work on: Phase 1- 2 in Pre-School, Phase 2-4 in Reception, Phase 4-5 in Year 1 and Phase 6 in year 2.
Children complete the ‘Phonics Screening Test’ at the end of Year 1. Children who do not pass the test at the end of Year 1 are required to retake this test at the end of Year 2. Children continue to be monitored and supported throughout school until they meet the standard. In Key Stage 1, phonic sessions take place daily and children are grouped to take part in activities appropriate to their current stage and needs.
In Key Stage 2, there is a provision of intervention groups for children who are still not secure with Phases 1-6 which focus on recognition of all grapheme / phoneme representations through investigation and developing spelling patterns. Intervention groups will also be supported through Letters and Sounds. In addition to this, some children complete activities on ‘Lexia’ which is a computer based reading software is designed to support improving their skills as a reader. Some children receive one to one reading support with BRP intervention.
Children have access to a school library in both Key Stages which they access on a weekly basis to support their reading at home. Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are expected to collect reading comments on a weekly basis to show that they have been reading at home.
Throughout Key Stage 2, dedicated reading sessions provide a range of texts and activities for children to develop their understanding across the 8 reading content domains for Key Stage 2. These sessions provide a mixture of one to one reading, small group reading and whole class activities.
Throughout school children will have access to Bug Club books which will support their development in phonics and reading. As well as this, children will have individual logins allowing them to access reading resources at home. These interactive resources provide questions for the children to answer to support their understanding of the text.
To help develop and encourage boy’s reading across Key Stage 2, children in each class compete in a weekly reading challenge. Termly winners help to select new resources for the school library through a visit to Waterstones and encourage other readers through the sharing of book reviews.