At St. Mary’s we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. We use a wide range of materials and our home school reading scheme is graded and offers a wide range of suitable material.
Letters and Sounds is our phonics scheme. Daily sessions are taught in foundation stage and key stage 1 classes. In key stage 2 phonics/spelling sessions are taught to ensure continuity and progression.
Any child who is not making expected progress receives additional support and intervention
The Letters and Sounds program focuses on securing word recognition skills essential for children to decode(read) and encode (spell) words accurately and for reading comprehension.
The program is in six phases:
- Phase 1 promotes speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting.
- Phases 2 – 5 focus on high quality phonic work to help children to develop fluent word reading and spelling skills.
- Phase 6 focuses on spelling. The sessions include direct teaching of spelling.
Year 1 Screening Check
Every child in Year 1 in the summer term take a Phonic Screening Check. Children are expected to read 40 simple decodable words, including nonsense words. Children are rechecked in Year 2 if they do not reach the expected level. The results are reported to parents.