Whiston Worrygoose

Phonics Policy

Review Date: September 2020

1. Our Vision

At Whiston Worrygoose we want every child to be successful, fluent readers and writers and we believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read, write and spell.

2. Teaching Approach

At Whiston Worrygoose we follow the six phases of Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. Phonics is taught through discrete phonic sessions, regular reading and writing sessions and through embedding the phonics by linking it with other curriculum subjects throughout the school day.

Teachers use assessment for learning and the Letters and Sounds end of phase assessments to regularly track and review children’s progress. Assessments also inform teachers of targeted intervention sessions that may be needed for those children who struggle with the learning of phonics.

3. Progression

Children will progress through the six phases of Letters and Sounds, beginning with Phase one in Nursery. By the end of the Summer Term, Reception children should be familiar up to the end of Phase four. By the end of Year 2, children should be proficient in their phonics knowledge and have completed Phase six of Letters and Sounds. Children in Year 3 and older who need further phonic intervention work will do so through targeted interventions.

4. Timetabling

Discrete phonics sessions in class will be timetabled and taught daily from Nursery through to Year 2. The expectation is that phonics is taught for a minimum of 10 – 15 minutes in Nursery, 20 – 30 minutes in Reception, 30 – 45 minutes in Years 1 and 2.

5. Expectations for Home Learning

Across the school, parents are encouraged to read frequently with their child and record it within the pupils reading diary. Regular reading at home should enable the children to use segmenting and blending techniques learned in phonics sessions.

6. Decodable Readers

Pupils working within the phonics phases will be allocated reading books which match their phonic learning level. They will offer children an opportunity to practice the phonic knowledge and skills they have learned. Pupils will be able to decode 90% of the text and use segmenting and blending skills alongside their knowledge of tricky words.

7. Teaching Sequence

Foundation Stage 1

Phase 1

Phase 2

Foundation Stage 2

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

Year 1

Phase 5

Year 2

Phase 6

7. Resources

Resources used for phonics teaching, including websites will be consistent across school. Staff will be constant in the use of gestures and vocabulary during phonic lessons.