Tregoze Primary Learning & Education

Phonics

At Tregoze Primary School, we use Letters and Sounds, which is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme published by the Department of Education. The children’s learning is enhanced using the 'Jolly Phonics' resources which teach the children the actions, pictorial prompts, letter formation, and the correct pronunciation for each phoneme (the smallest unit of sound in speech). There are six overlapping phases which the children work through, usually starting in the pre-school setting. In the reception class, children work within phases 1 to 4 before progressing to phase 5 in year 1 and phase 6 in year 2. Some intervention groups in key stage 2 also focus upon key parts of Letters and Sounds. The programme enables children to see the relationship between reading and spelling, meaning they learn to blend and segment words successfully.

During our reception induction process, parents are invited in for a phonics and reading meeting where they undertake phonics-based activities and are taught the strategies to aid their child’s reading and writing.


Y1 Phonics Screening

The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It aims to identify the children who need extra help so that they can be given support by the school to improve their reading skills.

At Tregoze Primary, we already assess children and provide early intervention support. However, the assessment is a statutory requirement. The test comprises a list of 40 real and pseudo (nonsense) words, which a child will read one-to-one with the class teacher. Half the words cover phonic skills which are usually covered in reception, and half the words are based on year 1 phonics skills. Results are communicated to parents through the school report at the end of the academic year.

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