Teaching of Phonics

In Year 1, children are assessed on their phonic awareness through the Phonics Screening Test. This usually takes place in June of each year. Please do not be concerned with this. The teachers prepare the children well and they are often not aware that an assessment is being made. In order to support the children’s phonic awareness we use Letters and Sounds supported by Jolly Phonics. During the year, parents are invited to a workshop where teachers demonstrate the teaching of phonics and information is shared regularly on how you can support your child at home.

Our results in the Phonics Screening are excellent. We believe there is no need to rush the different phases of phonics: indeed we believe it is important to give children time to build up their knowledge and ensure the majority of the children have acquired a firm foundation before moving the whole class on to the next phase. We believe keeping the children together, and giving support when necessary, is having a positive impact hence our excellent results.

Y1 Phonics test 2016 2017 2018
%age attaining at expected level Year 1 94% (81%) 100% (81%) 90%
%age attaining at expected level Year 2 100% 100% 100%

Figures in brackets are national results

 

Reading Schemes

Developing reading is of course extremely important but we know this can cause the most anxiety for many parents. We cannot stress enough that children develop at their own rate and there is no evidence to show that early reading results in high academic achievement in later life. Our main aim is to develop in all our children a love of and excitement for reading. The world in which our children are growing is full of stimulating, action packed technology but we would ask that you use caution when using technology with your child.

Along with reading scheme books, we also provide your child with a library book. We call these books RaRa books. We believe that in order to develop a love of reading your child should also have access to the best children’s books available and we try our best, with limiting resources, to replenish our stock every year. These books should offer you and your child an opportunity to explore exciting stories or things of interest but most of all will continue to support the development of your child’s vocabulary and sense of story structures.

The RaRa books, really a shortened acronym for RaRaRa books:

  •  Read aloud – parent reads book aloud to child
  • Read along: child reads along with the parent
  • Read alone: child reads alone to the parent

There is no strict time to move from one stage to another. The child keeps their RaRa book for a week but can keep it for longer if they wish.

Re-reading familiar text is an excellent way to support the development of your child’s reading. They become confident reading texts they already know so please don’t be concerned if your child selects books they have already read.

In order to support the development of reading we use a number of reading schemes to give your child variety. These are: Floppy Phonics, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X.

During the year parents/carers are invited to a workshop where the teachers will explain how you can support your child at home with reading.

Our results for reading at the end of Key Stage 1 are as follows: EXS – Reading at the Expected Standard. GDS – Reading at Greater Depth Standard

2016 National 2017 National 2018
Reading EXS 93% 74% 87% 76% 90%
Reading GDS 30% 24% 32% 25% 29%