A good foundation in phonics is essential for children to become good readers and writers.
The overview for Reception and Year 1 has been uploaded to this page so you can see the progression from the beginning of Reception to the end of Year 1.
The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not yet passed phonics screening check.
Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Phonics is delivered in a whole class format because it enables staff to ensure application across subjects embedding the process in a rich literacy environment for early readers.
‘Little Wandle’ is used as the basis for delivering the phonics sessions in Reception. This will be rolled out into Year 1 in September 2022. Year 1 continue to follow Letters and Sounds for the 2021-2022 school year. This is combined with activities from Espresso Phonics and PhonicsPlay.
‘Little Wandle’ assessments are used alongside Phonics Tracker to assess pupils’ progress half-termly.