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St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

A place of educational excellence with Christ at the centre

Phonics

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we believe that the teaching of phonics is vital in order for children to become competent readers and writers.

Teaching and Learning of Phonics and Spelling in EYFS and KS1

All phonics in EYFS and KS1 is taught systematically following the  ‘Jolly Phonics Programme’. Teaching is multi sensory, encompassing simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to enliven core learning. Phonics is taught in short, briskly paced sessions and then applied to reading and writing in a meaningful context. All activities are well matched to the children’s abilities and interests, and all classroom environments have an age appropriate display concentrating on both sounds and key words. At St Mary’s,  we maximise  opportunities to reinforce and apply acquired phonic knowledge and skills across the curriculum and in such activities as shared and guided reading and writing.

Reception:

Daily discrete phonics lessons every day for 15/20 minutes.

By the end of reception children are expected to be at least secure in phase 3,

      Year 1

Daily discrete phonics lessons every day for 15/20 minutes.

By the end of Year 1 children are expected to be at least secure in phase 5

Year 2

      Daily discrete phonics lessons every day for 15/20 minutes.

By the end of Year 2 children are expected to be at least secure in phase 6

In addition:

  • we subscribe to online Bug Club. This gives children access to e books, decidable readers, online games and comprehension tasks at home. Assessments tasks  linked to the readers on line  give teachers information about each child’ reading and  a printed  report is available to download.
  • We use levelled Bug Club readers to support Guided Reading sessions in school.

Assessment- Children’s progress in developing and applying their phonic knowledge is carefully assessed and monitored. Children are tracked using a Progress Tracking sheet. This is in conjunction with Guided Reading monitoring sheets. Teachers use phonics sessions to monitor children’s progress on a daily basis and also assess children through their writing and reading. In addition in Year 1 children will take the phonics screening check. This assessment confirms whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. If a child does not reach the appropriate standard then additional support will be put in place in order for the child to make accelerated progress with their reading and writing. They are then retested in Year 2.