Reading and Phonics

Reading in EYFS and KS1 is taught initially using a systematic, synthetic phonic approach.  Phonics is taught daily as a discrete lessons and we use the Letters and Sounds and the School Improvement Liverpool KS1 programme as our core schemes to teach synthetic phonics which is multi-sensory exciting and engaging.  This is supported by staff using elements of Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc, Phonics Play and Phonics Bug to support the effective delivery of phonics sessions to cater for all our children’s needs.

During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children develop their phonic knowledge and skills and apply these in both reading and spelling.  As developing readers, children are encouraged to use a wider range of strategies to aid decoding of text and to enhance their understanding of material across a range of genre. 


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place during the week 8th June 2020. Please ensure that your Y1 child is in school during this week.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their class teacher.  It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t

  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.

  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

For further Information regarding the Year One phonics screening check please click here.


KS1 Phonics Results 2019

In 2019, 90% of Y1 children passed the Phonics Screening Check in our school which is above the national average. 

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