At Kensworth C of E Primary School we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a staged approach.
Read, Write Inc
In September 2018 we introduced Read Write Inc to the children. This is a fun and interactive phonics scheme that with the help of 'Fred' the frog, gets everyone reading quickly and confidently.
Many parents had heard of it already from their children. Parents have reported that it is really having an impact on the way their children are reading and sounding out at home.
Parents there is lots more information for you here, including how to say each sound!
YEAR 1 SCREENING CHECK
During the Summer term every Year 1 child will take part in the Government Phonics Screening Check. This is a check which involves children in reading 40 decodable words using their phonic knowledge. The 40 words will include some nonsense words in order to ensure use of phonics as opposed to sight recognition of words. This is a progress check to identify those children not at the expected level in their reading. The results will be reported to parents. Children will be rechecked in Year 2 if they do not reach the expected level. Any child working below the level of the screen check may be dis-applied, with the acknowledgment of the parent/carer.
Through careful monitoring and tracking, practitioners are able to identify children who are not making the expected progress and therefore need intervention to catch up. Depending on the needs of individuals, this may include additional individual or small group tutoring before the lesson or after the main lesson; one to one work with a trained practitioner or extra support for a child or small group of children within a lesson. It is important that children who are struggling to learn to read not only catch up with their peers, but also to continue to make progress.
PHONICS IN KS2
If children in Key Stage 2 experience difficulty in reading and/or writing because they have missed, or misunderstood, a crucial phase of systematic phonics teaching, additional resources can, and will be, used to support them.