Phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play. Children in Nursery are made aware of sounds around them and the focus is on aural awareness and development. As children progress into Reception class, this basis is built upon via daily phonics sessions and opportunities to practice what they have learnt outside of these sessions.
Commonly used words (‘High Frequency’ words) are taught as part of phonics sessions. Knowledge of high frequency words, development of reading skills and reading for meaning are embedded through 1:1 reading with the teaching staff, and further practised at home with additional reading books. This practice continues into Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 as appropriate. KS1 pupils read weekly with their teacher and take a reading book home for consolidation. Teachers share texts with their classes daily to embed reading skills.
In 2020 the National Phonics Screen did not take place due to COVID, however children who missed the screening and are now in Year 2 will be taking part in Autumn 2. Additional support is put in place for pupils who may need further consolidation of sounds taught. This occurs throughout KS1, beginning in Autumn term in Year 1 and will continue throughout and into KS2 if necessary.
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