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Phonics Vision Statement

At Worstead Primary School we believe that every child should have the chance to become a confident and fluent reader. It is vitally important that our children have a secure understanding of the Letters and Sounds system of English. Phonics skills need to be developed in a systematic, staged approached in order to help all children achieve their potential.

At Worstead Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds Programme:

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.”

It is recommended that children in phase two to five of Letters and Sounds should be taught a discrete 20 minute daily session of phonics and that the teacher should follow the sequence ‘revisit, review, teach, practise and apply’. In addition, phonics skills can be applied in reading and writing opportunities as well as other area of the curriculum. Teachers will check pupils’ progress termly during a grapheme-phoneme assessment.

Decodable book: Children learning to read with phonics benefit from reading decodable texts because they allow them to practice what they have been taught and experience success.  They also help children develop effective and successful strategies for reading; sounding out letters and blending them into words.

Phase 6: Children who are secure at phase 5 will then be taught phase 6 through the ‘No-nonsense Spelling’ programme. This programme builds on high-quality phonics teaching by supporting children in understanding word structure, spelling strategies, patterns, word origins, common exception words and personal spellings.

Intervention/SEND:  If there is a need, pupils will be given extra support to help them improve reading skills. The support programme Lexia may also be offered to pupils.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check: The National Phonics Screening Check is performed in June of Year 1. 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 again in year 2.