Children are initially taught to spell using their phonic knowledge. In Nursery, all children begin Phase 1 in Letters and Sounds and progress through the sequence until the term before they move to full time school where they are taught phonics through Read Write Inc.
PHONICS SCREENING CHECK
The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of a child’s phonic knowledge. All year 1 pupils (with the possible exception) will take the phonics screening check in June each year.
The screening check, which comprises of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words, identifies children who have phonic decoding skills below the level expected for the end of year 1 and who therefore may need additional help. Children that are working towards the current age related pass mark of 32/40 will be required to re‐take the assessment in year 2.
There is a large emphasis on the phonics check in year 1. In addition to daily phonic sessions and to ensure that children are prepared for the check, we provide;
Children who still require quality first phonics in KS2 do so in small groups with support from a teaching assistant.
Phonics at South Hiendley Primary School follows systematic approach, which is bespoke to our children and consistency is key. Teachers and leaders have attended Read, Write Inc Training and use the same structure when delivering sessions in all phase groups. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Nursery up to Year 2 as well as allowing children’s listening and speaking skills to develop.
Phonics is taught through differentiated group teaching, depending on children’s prior Phonics knowledge, and looking at where individuals need challenge or support. Where children require extra intervention, this is provided.
There are six phases within the Letters and Sounds programme: –
Right from their first day at South Hiendley Primary School, children are provided with lots of opportunities to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest, motivating and exciting them to learn.
Through using this creative and bespoke approach children have the fundamentals required to: