Phonics at Grange Primary School
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write.
Children in EYFS and in Key Stage One are taught phonics every day. In every session the children are taught a new phoneme (sound) and the skills to be able to read and write words containing the phoneme. At Grange Primary School we use the DfE Letters and Sounds Programme.
In every session children are also taught non decodable words where the words are recognised by sight and repetition. The sessions have a clear teaching sequence and the children take part in lots of games and activities to embed to phonemes.
Reading at home daily will help your child significantly in this area as the books the children bring home are linked to the phonemes they are being taught in school.
We supplement our stock of reading books from a range of publishers so children are immersed in a wide range of reading material. All books are decodable so children take home books that are well matched to their phonic ability. They read a variety of fiction and non fiction texts which sometimes also link with English topics.
Year One Phonics Screening Check
Every June in Year 1, children across England take part in the Phonics Screening Check. In the test the children apply their phonic knowledge by reading forty words all containing the phonemes they have been taught. Twenty of the words are real words while the other twenty are ‘nonsense’ words.
The test is a good indicator of their phonic understanding which underpins their early reading.
Children do have an opportunity to retake the Phonics Test in Year 2 if they do not pass it in Year 1. Those children are also given additional support throughout Year 2 to be able to access this test.
Teaching Phonics at Grange
Synthetic Phonics is a method for developing a learner's awareness of the relationship between a letter or group of letters and the corresponding sound/s.
The aim of synthetic phonics is to enable begining readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or blending them.
At Grange, we teach our Early Years and KS1 pupils phonics every day. Each child is taught in a group suited to their ability. The sessions are short, regular and fun, using a range of resources and activities to keep children enthused and motivated.
Our Phonics programme is based on Letters & Sounds, but we enhance this with a range of practical resources and graded reading books designed to support learning.
We also offer sessions for Parents, so you can support your child at home. These will be promoted through the Weekly Newsletter.
Our Phonics Leader is Mrs Marquis-Box.
How well do our children achieve in phonics?
We are very proud of our chidren's achievements in phonics.
In 2015, 82% of pupils passed the Year 1 phonics test, which was ABOVE the national average.
In 2016, 81% of pupils passed the Year 1 phonics test, performing in line with the national average.
In 2017, 82% of pupils passed the Year 1 phonics test, performing in line with the national average.