Reading is at the centre of St Benedict’s curriculum. We give our children the skill and knowledge to be competent readers who develop a passion for books. At St. Benedict’s, we are committed to delivering a high quality systematic phonics program that will support the children’s skills in recognition, blending and segmenting in order to develop their early reading and writing skills.
The chosen program followed for the teaching of phonics is Letters and Sounds. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. This program is delivered on a daily basis. Each lesson is approximately 20 mins in length and is made up of a Revise-Teach-Practise-Apply format.
Reception On entry to Reception class, the children are introduced to the first letters and sounds covered in phase 2 but continue to work on phase 1 activities alongside this. The children will complete phase 2 and phase 3 during their Reception year and some children will complete phase 4.
Year 1 At the start of Year 1, the children revise phase 3 or phase 4 dependent on their level at the end of Reception. Following this, they will work their way through phase 4, phase 5a (new GPCs), phase 5b (alternative pronunciations) and phase 5c (alternative spellings). In June the children in Year 1 complete the statutory Year 1 phonics screening check and the results of this are fed back to the local authority and parents.
Year 2 The children revise phase 5 and work through phase 6 throughout year 2.
Reception Initially Reception children are taught in 2 split class groups. At half term, these groups are rearranged to best suit the pace at which the children are picking up new sounds and using these to blend and segment CVC words.
Year 1 and Year 2 There are 4 differentiated phonics groups across Years 1 and 2 to best suit the needs of the cohorts. Children who have not passed the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1 have the opportunity to revisit phase 5 alongside Year 1 children. Children who need to progress at a faster/slower pace are accommodated in different groups
Impact At the end of each key stage the children are assessed in their reading. In Year 1, the children will sit a phonics test for which they will be well prepared. Phonics is the main way in which we give our children the skills to read and therefore access the national curriculum. These skills enable the pupils to read high quality texts in each of their subjects.
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This pack outlines an approach for practitioners and teachers to help children with word reading skills and spelling. These Materials concentrate on activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending. Click here for more