Learning to read and write is supported using the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. The programme is used throughout school from the start of reception to year 2.
All children have a daily phonics and reading lesson at the start of the school day, immediately after registration. This lasts for approximately 40 minutes. Children are assessed regularly and the groupings are changed to reflect need and ability. Children are grouped throughout school and the sessions are taught in small groups.
Additional intervention work is also planned and implemented for pupils requiring this.
Pupils are taught to:
As part of the programme children read books which are closely matched to their phonic knowledge and ability. They also read a range of other texts widely and often as part of their daily work in school.
All children in year 1 will take the phonics screening test in June shortly before they move to year 2 in the September of the next academic year.
Year 2 children who failed their year 1 phonics screening test will be given additional target support using the principles of the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. These children attend the ‘phonics club’ and are also often targeted to receive additional reading support. This group of children is screened regularly and results monitored and analysed.