PHONICS AND EARLY READING AT ST RICHARD'S
At St Richard’s School we have adopted a robust and consistent approach to the teaching of early reading. We believe that it is a fundamental skill that will allow children to access all areas of the curriculum successfully, laying a firm foundation for their futures. Our intent is that all children, regardless of their background and starting point, become fluent readers.
IMPLEMENTATION OF EARLY READING AND PHONICS
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 there is an emphasis on the teaching phonics. Our phonics is taught following the DfE Letters and Sounds programme. Within daily phonic sessions, children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning, practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways. All reading books sent home and used in lessons are fully decodable and closely matched to the phonic phase the child is currently working within.
We will deliver an early reading program that comprises of:
IMPACT OF EARLY READING AND PHONICS
Through the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics our aim is for children to become confident decoders and fluent early readers by the end of Key Stage One. This will provide them with the opportunity to develop their reading fluency, expression and comprehension as they progress through Key Stage 2.
Attainment in phonics is measured through the Phonics Screening Check at the end of year 1. Attainment in early reading is measured by end of Key Stage One SATs.
However, we believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our phonics and early reading curriculum goes beyond that measured by statutory assessments. Our aim is that by the time they leave St Richard’s all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs will: