At Upton Westlea we strive to ensure all children become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.
· To teach children aural discrimination, phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness in order to encourage good decoding strategies within reading and spelling.
· To encourage repetition and consolidation, so that spelling becomes automatic.
· To encourage children to segment and blend.
· To learn to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language.
· To teach children specific strategies to help them remember tricky words.
· To ensure that the teaching of phonics is lively, interactive and investigative.
· To encourage children to apply their phonic skills in all curriculum areas.
The Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Expectation
Nursery- Children to access differentiated phase one teaching through short guided groups daily and the learning environment provision. All Key Persons to segment and blend words regularly and to have a secure knowledge of the Letters and Sounds programme through CPD.
Reception - To teach Letters and Sounds daily for 20 minutes from the child’s start date. To teach as a whole class approach, ensuring all children have been introduced to phonemes and digraphs/trigraphs within phases 2 and 3. When appropriate, differentiate the groups to ensure children are reaching their full potential and support given is appropriate. For all children to have completed phases 2 and 3 by the end of the year and be ready to start phase 4 in Year One.
Year One - To teach Letters and Sounds daily for 20 minutes. To teach as a whole class approach, ensuring all children have been introduced to and accessed phases 4 and 5. When appropriate, differentiate the groups to ensure children are reaching their full potential and support given is appropriate. For all children to have completed phase 4 and 5 by the end of the year and be ready to start phase 6 and access the Read, Write Ink spelling programme in Year Two.
Year Two - To teach Letters and Sounds daily for 20 minutes. To differentiate the groups to ensure children are reaching their full potential. For all children to have completed phase 6 and be accessing ‘Read, Write Ink’ spelling scheme by the end of the year. Children will also regularly revisit the sounds and tricky words learnt throughout the Letters and Sounds document.
Year Three- To teach Letters and Sounds daily for 20 minutes if at least 70% of the cohort have not completed the Letters and Sounds programme. If only a small proportion have completed the programme- an intervention group can be set up to support this group.
Key Stage Two- further interventions to run for children who have not completed the Letters and Sounds document.
Phonics is planned following the Phonics Play planning frame. This format includes the revisit/ review- teach- apply- assessment sections recommended by the Letters and Sounds document.
All Early Years and Key Stage One classes are taught as a whole class group for daily phonics sessions and where necessary into differentiated groups
We deliver several workshops for parents throughout the year within EYFS (both Nursery and Reception) and in Year 1. Please keep checking back for details and dates of these.
Useful websites and APPS
There are several websites and apps that you can access and download at home that are helpful in practising and applying the skills taught within school.
Some that we use within school are:
· Cbeebies Alphablocks
· Phonics play parents zone
· Hairy phonics 1
· Hairy phonics 2
· Hairy Letters
· Jolly phonics Letters and sounds
Leaflets to be downloaded
There are several leaflets that we use within our workshops and a paper copy is given out to those who attend. If you would like to access these please click on the links on the website.