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Curriculum - Phonics


In Foundation Stage and Year 1 children have a daily phonics lesson that builds on and develops their phonics knowledge.


In Year 2 the daily phonics lesson is also very focused on teaching the children spelling rules and, as the year progresses grammar and punctuation also form a part of this session.


At this school, 'Letters & Sounds' is used to ensure structure and progression across Phases 2,3,4 and 5, through Foundation Stage and Year 1.


In Year 2, teachers plan for Phase 6 phonics using 'Letters & Sounds' and guidance from 'No Nonsense Spelling' and the Year 2 end of year expectations. Across school children's reading book levels generally reflect the phonics phase they are working at.


At the end of Year 1, children complete the Phonics Screening check. The Phonics Screening Check is designed to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they've learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra support with phonics. The check consists of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard. You will be told how your child did, but schools results will not be published. If your child's score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and are expected to re-take the Phonics screening check at the end of Year 2.