Phonics Curriculum Statement: 

At St. Oswald's we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach.

We therefore use the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme to deliver phonic skills to all children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and to those who need support in KS2. Phonics is taught rigorously daily. 

Nursery: The children in Nursery undertake a wide variety of activites that help to develop their listening skills and phonological awareness. Once they are ready the children in Nursery will begin to learn the first of the sounds needed for reading and writing.

Reception: Throughout Reception the children continue to learn new sounds which enables them to read and spell these in words.They read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge and they take home phonics storybooks to share. They begin to learn how to read with fluency and expression. In their daily phonics lessons they learn to spell using known sounds which helps them to write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first. They also learn to work well with a partner. 

Year 1: Daily phonics lessons continue in Year 1. The children continue to practise known and new sounds, preparing them well for the Phonics Screening Check that all Year 1 children undertake. They also practise the accuracy and fluency of their reading and begin to develop their comprehension. 

"The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.

The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.

The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher."

(Department for Education)

Year 2: Read Write Inc continues in Year 2 (and into KS2) for those children who need further phonics teaching.  

All staff who deliver the sessions are Read Write Inc. trained and they regularly attend update training.

Mrs Clarke is our Phonics leader and rigorously monitors the progress of all children . The children are grouped according to their assessments which are carried out half termly. Children who need further support are given daily 1:1 phonics sessions. 

For further information on the programme we use please visit: 

Read Write Inc. Phonics Page

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