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Phonics at Scunthorpe C of E

Here we hope you will find everything you need to know about how the children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 are learning to read.  If we have missed anything at all, please let us know. Mrs Neall is Phonics Lead at Scunthorpe C of E so please feel free to see her at any time.

The ability to read is within the reach of every child.  The most direct route to reading for the vast majority of children is through systematically taught, 'synthetic phonics'.  At Scunthorpe C of E we teach phonics discretely and systematically as an approach to reading, where children learn to decode (read) and encode (spell) printed words quickly and fluently by blending and segmenting letter sounds.

In the Early Years our teaching and learning follows the progression of 'Letters and Sounds', organised into 6 phases and enhanced for the expectation of the new National Curriculum 2014.  As children progress into Reception they begin to take part in daily Read Write Inc lessons.

This continues into year one and two until are able to read fluently and apply their knowledge of letter/sound correspondences. Children then move on to whole class teaching of phonics which is supported through whole class literacy and taught discretely through ‘Letters and sounds’ Phase 5/6 and ‘No Nonsense spelling’.

The application of phonics is supported into reading by using 'Oxford Reading Tree' phonics readers in school and at home.

Children who are just beginning to learn the letter/sound correspondences are learning at the same time to tell stories using books which do not have words to begin with.  This is crucial in the development of spoken language and vocabulary. It is a necessary stepping stone towards becoming an accomplished reader and writer.

Information about Read Write Inc.

Speed sound set one – support for saying and writing sounds. 

Information for parents to support reading in the Early Years

In Key stage 2 children who are not secure with their phonic knowledge continue to be taught phonics daily using 1-1 phonics interventions.  Daily ‘No nonsense spelling’ lessons also take place which focus on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules. Children in Key stage two continue to have individual reading books aimed at their reading level and interests. Whole class texts are used to promote reading skills and further develop fluency and reading comprehension.

Phonics Policy.

Phonics Screening Check-Year 1

Each year, all children in Year 1, in all schools, must take the phonics screening check.  Some children in Year 2 are also required to take the screening check either because they did not take it in Year 1 or because their Year 1 score did not meet the required standard.

The check usually happens in June each year. 

The check will be kept as low key and comfortable as possible for the children and will provide important information about their early reading development. 

We send out a letter explaining the check and confirming when it will happen. Examples of the kinds of words your child will need to read and how you can support your child at home before the screening takes place can be obtained from your child’s teacher or downloaded from the PDF below.

Letter to parents.

Year 1 Phonic Cards

Words to practice.

For more information the following link will take you to a website which explains things in more detail:

If you have access to the internet you may find these websites useful for you children to practise their phonics skills.

Useful Websites.

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