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C.E. Primary School

Belong Believe Blossom

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We teach phonics using a DfE validated systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and this ensures that children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.


We teach phonics daily in Reception and Year 1.Each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers.


Children in Reception are taught to read and spell words using Phase 2 and 3 GPCs, and words with adjacent consonants (Phase 4) with fluency and accuracy. Children in Year 1 review Phase 3 and 4 and are taught to read and spell words using Phase 5 GPCs with fluency and accuracy.


Early Reading


We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. We use books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge.


Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:

o decoding

o prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression

o comprehension: teaching children to understand the text.


Reading at Home


A decodable reading practice book is assigned to ensure success is shared with the family. This will either be in the form of a physical book or an ebook in the app library.


Keep-up Sessions


If a child has gaps in their phonic knowledge when reading or writing, we plan phonics ‘catch-up’ lessons to address specific reading/writing gaps. Children who are receiving additional phonics keep-up sessions read their reading practice book to an adult daily.


Statutory Assessment


Children in Year 1 sit the Phonics Screening Check. Any child not passing the check re-sits it in Year 2.