At St Margaret’s we follow the Letters and Sounds document’s principles and practice across foundation stage and key stage one – this is supported by teachers using elements from Jolly Phonics to support the effective delivery of phonics lessons by catering for all children’s needs.
All Year One children take the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ - a statutory assessment required by legislation. Those who do not meet the pass mark will be given support and intervention programmes in Year Two, eg. TELL phonics to provide them with sufficient knowledge and understanding to re-take the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ and obtain a pass mark. Those children who do not obtain the required level set by the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ will receive phonics teaching in the first term of year three – which will be further supported throughout the year and across Key Stage Two with a phonics and/or spelling intervention programme.
Planning for phonics will be done separately from literacy but with the understanding that good phonics teaching should link to the literacy needs of the children within a literacy lesson and across the curriculum. Each Phonics lesson should include the following sections:
Revise – Overlearn the previous graphemes and words
Teach – Introduce a new grapheme / words
Practise – Develop GPCs (grapheme phoneme correspondences) /read and spell new words
Apply – Use the new graphemes / words in games and activities to secure knowledge
Assess – Monitor progress within each phase to inform planning.