Key Stage One Phonics
Phonics is taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in groups differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development. The Letters and Sounds programme is followed, providing a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learnt.
Children’s progress is continually reviewed to allow for movement between groups. Children are formally assessed at the end of each term.
The National Phonics Screening Check is performed in the end of Year 1. Prior to this, Year 1 phonics workshops give parents information about how they can support their children at home with phonics. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in Year 1 enter it again in Year 2, after receiving additional support.