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Phonics at Culmstock Primary School

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Phonics at Culmstock Primary School is taught in Foundation and Year 1, using the Little Wandle scheme. This is a systematic and synthetic approach to teaching Phonics. This programme allows children to build on their growing knowledge as they move through the school. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in every subject.

Intent

Our aim is to ensure that children start to develop a love of reading right at the very beginning of their school journey. We aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills to ensure that they are confident and enthusiastic readers. We believe that every child has the ability to become highly competent readers and writers. Reading is such an important skill in so many aspects of life. When children move on to Secondary School, our aim is that children leave us reading regularly for pleasure and are able to read confidently, with meaning and understanding.

Implementation

At Culmstock Primary School, we provide a range of curriculum experiences for reading. This includes: sharing a wide range of high-quality reading texts with the children and attention to high quality language. We start phonics quickly in Foundation, in Week 2 of Autumn term. We build from 10 minute lessons in Foundation to full-length lessons as soon as possible.

Phonics is taught daily through discrete sessions and children are supported with this through the use of decodable phonics books linked to each set of sounds that they study, from Phase 2 to Phase 5. These books include a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, which have proved very popular with our children, helping them to develop and instil a real love for reading.

All staff are trained in Little Wandle. This enables us to quickly target those children that may need additional support and to put an individual ‘Keep-Up’ support programme in place. This is to ensure that all children are secure in their learning.

 

We teach children to read in Key stage 1 through 3 practice sessions per week. This is taught by an adult trained in the Little Wandle programme, using decodable books linked explicitly to their phonic stage. In Lower Key Stage 2, we continue to teach reading in this way for children who still need to practise using decodable books.

These decodable books are set online so that children can share their success in reading with their adults at home. This is to ensure fluency and to instil a love of, and confidence in, reading.

Phase

Graphemes and spelling rules Taught

Tricky Words Taught

Phase Two (Reception) 10 weeks (Autumn 1 and Autumn 2)

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, l, ff, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, words with ‘s’ added at the end (e.g. hats, sits), ch, sh, th, ng, nk

Is, I, the, put, pull, full, as, and, has, his, her, go, no, to, into, she, push, he, of, we, me, be

Phase Three (Reception) 10 weeks (Spring 1 and Spring 2) – review in Year 1

ai, ee, igh, oa, oo (spoon), oo (book), ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er, words with double letters (dd, mm, tt, bb, rr, gg, pp, ff)

was, you, they, my, by, all, are, sure, pure

Phase Four (Reception) 10 weeks (Summer 1 and Summer 2) – review in Year 1

Short vowels CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC, CCCVC, CCCVCC

C = consonant

V = vowel

Compound words, root words ending in –ing, -ed, --est

Long vowel sounds CVCC, CCVC, CCVC, CCCVC, CCV, CCVCC, words ending in –s, -es

said, so, have, like, some, come, love, do, were, here, little, says, there, when, what, one, out, today

 

Review all taught so far

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

ay, ou, oy, ea, ir, ie, ue (blue), ue (rescue), a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e (rude), u-e (cute), e-e, ew (chew), ew (new), aw, y (funny), wh, oe, y (fly), ph (phone), se (cheese), ce (fence), ey, alternative pronunciations of graphemes already taught

their, people, oh, your, Mr, Mrs, Ms, ask, could, would, should, our, house, mouse, water, want, any, many, again, who, whole, where, two, school, call, different, thought, through, friend, work, once, laugh, because, eye

Impact

Children’s progress is monitored frequently, with review sessions in place each Friday. Teachers will also carry out half termly assessments to identify children who may need further support. 

Children in Year 1 will sit the Phonics Screening Check in the summer term. Children that do not pass this will then be retested in Year 2.

Children in Year 2 and across Key stage 2 will continue to access phonics through the use of intervention sessions. Any child in school in the need of targeted phonics intervention will receive this through the Little Wandle Keep-Up programme, to ensure that no child is left behind. Teachers will use individual assessments to inform them of progress they are making.

Impact

Children’s progress is monitored frequently, with review sessions in place each Friday. Teachers will also carry out half termly assessments to identify and support that children may need.

Children in Year 1 will sit the Phonics Screening Check in the summer term. Children that do not pass this will then be retested in Year 2.

Children in Year 2 and across Key stage 2 will continue to access phonics through the use of intervention sessions. Any child in school in the need of targeted phonics intervention will receive this through the Little Wandle Keep-Up programme, to ensure that no child is left behind. Teachers will use individual assessments to inform them of progress they are making.

For more information about how we teach phonics and support for reading and writing resources and videos, please visit: 

https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

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