English Early Reading and Phonics

Phonics
 
We are currently researching and in the process of investing in a DfE recommended systematic synthetic phonics scheme.
 
At present, we use Letters and Sounds enhanced with Jolly Phonics actions and we have further information about our phonics progression is attached on the document below, in addition to a workshop video exploring how phonics is currently taught. 
 
Early Reading
 
We are currently in the process of reviewing our early reading texts with the view to invest in a DfE approved systematic synthetic phonics scheme. 
 
At present our early reading is supported by a variety of books from various schemes including: phonics bug, Jelly and Bean, Oxford Reading Tree, Songbird, Project X and Big Cat Phonics among others.
 
These are closely banded in line with our own phonics skills progression.
 
Intent:
 
At Wivelsfield, we are passionate about ensuring that all children become independent, confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier.
 
The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. At Wivelsfield, we value reading as a key life skill and our dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and a skill to be used when accessing the rest of the curriculum (please see our English Reading page for further information). We acknowledge that the children need to be taught the key skills in segmenting and blending to equip the children with the knowledge allowing them to progress through their school career. We value and encourage the children to read for enjoyment and recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills. 
 
Implementation:
 
At Wivelsfield school, through the teaching of Letters and Sounds the children are  taught essential skills needed for reading and writing. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1 in whole class sessions.  Carefully mapped out child-initiated learning activities match the pupils current knowledge while ensuring they are suitably challenged. Additional support is provided to all children who are working below expected levels. For those children who do not pass the phonics screening test in Year 1, are targeted interventions in Year 2.
 
All staff have received training in phonics and how it is currently taught within school regardless of year group. Staff systematically teach the relationship between sounds (phonemes) and the written representations (graphemes/letters), all while embedding blending and segmenting skills. 
 
Children have regular individual, group or whole class reading sessions with an adult to ensure the children are regularly practising and applying their phonics knowledge. Teachers regularly access childrens' phonic knowledge using phonics assessments and the reading early learning goal (ELG in EYFS). These assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning.
 
Children are encouraged to read regularly at home with books which match their current phonic level. 
 
Impact:
 
Through our delivery - our aim is that children become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Attainment in reading is measured through statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Attainment in phonics is measured by the phonics screening test at the end of Year 1. In Early Years, attainment is measured by the Literacy Early Learning Goals.
 
We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and that the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond statutory assessments. Please refer to our English Reading page for more information. 
 
Pupil Voice:
 
 "In phonics, we learn letters and we write things. If we get stuck, we sound it out and look on our learning wall to help us." EYFS child November 2021, part of Pupil Voice Survey from EYFS and English Lead Survey.
 
" I like learning new letters like 'u' and 'i' because they are in my name. We learn words like 'the' and lots of new sounds. We need to learn everything."  EYFS child November 2021, part of Pupil Voice Survey from EYFS and English Lead Survey.
 
"Phonics helps us to learn new letters and we read words."  
EYFS child November 2021, part of Pupil Voice Survey from EYFS and English Lead Survey.
 
"Phonics helps us to do writing and when we want to learn something read a book." Year 1 child, 
November 2021, part of Pupil Voice Survey from EYFS and English Lead Survey.
 
"We write sentences and if we get stuck we keep on trying or we use helping sheets (grapheme sheets)". Year 1 child, November 2021, part of Pupil Voice Survey from EYFS and English Lead Survey.
 

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