When children join St John's, they begin to learn their sounds; a key part in enabling them to read and write. Children have an explicit 20 minute phonics session each day in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Phonics is also continued into Key Stage 2, as a tool to support reading and writing.
Phonics sessions in EYFS are planned, and delivered using a phonics programme known as 'Sounds Write'. Children will learn new sounds each week and will be taught how to read and represent these sounds.
Currently, in Year 1 phonics sessions are planned, and delivered using a combination of 'Letters and Sounds', and 'Jolly Phonics'. At the end of Year 1, all children will sit the national Phonics screening, and results will be given to parents alongside their end of year report.
In Year 2, Phonics sessions are planned and delivered using 'Support for Spelling'. Children who do not meet the pass mark in the Year 1 phonics screening, will re-sit the screening at the end of Key Stage 1.
At the end of each year in EYFS and Key Stage 1, children will be assessed against the phonics phase in which they are securely working at. This is as follows:
To support the learning in school, we have included some useful documents and information about the teaching of phonics and reading at home.
Prompts for reading with your child
The Book Introduction
· Talk about what sort of book it is e.g. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
· Where possible relate the story to the children’s own experience
· Look at front cover and
· encourage prediction; Who? Where? What?
· Look at back cover and blurb
· Look at the illustrations and talk about them together.
Sharing the book together
· Ask open questions about the text and characters - ‘why do you think…?’
· Model language patterns that may be unfamiliar.
· Point out high frequency words (‘tricky words’)
· Encourage prediction
· Occasionally dip into the text and talk about letter-sound relationships (phonics).
Prompts for Independent Reading
· Were there enough words?
· Read it with your finger this time.
· Read it again to see if you can make the words match. Were you right?
· Where is the tricky word?
· What did you notice?
· Would ……….. fit there?
· Would ………. make sense?· Do you see a word you know?
· Check the picture.
· What happened in the story?
· What would make sense in the sentence there and sound right?
· What would you expect to see at the beginning of ……..
When your child has finished
HAVE FUN TOGETHER!