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Phonics at Scunthorpe C of E

In this area  we hope you will find everything you need to know about how the children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 are learning to read. Mrs Neall is our Phonics Lead Teacher at Scunthorpe C of E so please feel free to make contact if you have any questions or would like further information.

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.

We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily or twice daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts in Nursery and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. We also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lessons and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

Additional information can be found at: www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

How we teach phonics.

  • In the nursery, children follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised ‘Foundations for Phonics’ guidance. The focus is on daily oral blending and language development through high quality stories and rhymes.
  • In reception and Y1, children follow the progression within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme. Phonics is taught daily and there is a review session on a Friday.
  • Phonics starts in reception in week 2 to ensure the children make a strong start.
  • By the end of reception, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 4.
  • By the end of year 1, children will have been taught up to the end of phase 5.
  • Reception lessons start at 10 minutes, with daily additional oral blending – increasing to 30 minutes as soon as possible.
  • Y1 lessons are 20-30 minutes long.
  • In Y2-Y3, phonic lessons are taught daily to children where appropriate – following the model of Little Wandle but plugging specific gaps identified through assessment.In Y2-Y6 there are planned phonic ‘catch-up’ sessions following a set model to address specific reading/writing gaps. These are short, sharp sessions lasting 10 minutes in length and taking place at least three times a week. 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.
  • Examples of Enunciation  https://youtu.be/shlSQrleibs
  • Reading practice sessions
  • Children across reception, year 1, year 2 (and beyond if appropriate) apply their phonics knowledge by using a fully matched decodable reader in a small group reading practice session.
  • These sessions are 15 minutes long and happen three times a week. There are approximately 6 children in a group.
  • The sessions follow the model set out in Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
  • The children then take the same book home the following week to ensure success is shared with the family.
  • In reception these sessions start in week 4. Children who are not decoding, do a little blending lesson, following the model set out in Little Wandle Letters and Sound Revised.
  • How do we assess phonic knowledge?

  • In reception and year 1, at the end of each week there is a review session which recaps the learning. There are also whole review weeks (pre-planned and bespoke review weeks to address gaps identified by the class teacher’s ongoing formative assessment).
  • Children identified in reception and Y1 as in danger of falling behind are immediately identified and daily ‘keep up’ sessions are put in place – sessions follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme.
  • In reception and year 1, the children are assessed at the end of every half term using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessment tracker.
  • The children in Y1 sit the Phonics Screening Check in the summer term.
  • Children who do not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Y1, will re-sit this in Y2.
  • Children who are in Y2-Y6 and need ‘catch up’ sessions are assessed through teacher’s ongoing formative assessment as well as half termly summative assessments.

    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. (due to COVID 19 check will happen during Autumn 2 term ‘21 for Year 2 children)

     

    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.

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

    http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/expert-help/the-year-1-phonics-screening-check

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

    Useful websites:

    www.oxfordowl.co.uk

    www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

    www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Information For Parents

Phonics Screening Resources to Support Your Child At Home.

Phonics and Reading Workshop

Working With Parents

Parent Workshop : Friday November 12th 2021. 

  • Information sharing 
  • Showcasing current work. 

Helpful Videos

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