At Binbrook C of E Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds principles and practice of high quality phonics.
The six phases of the Letters and Sounds document provides a structure for the teachers to follow and plan children’s progression. Planning is carefully adapted to meet the needs of the children in the individual classes.
At the end of FS2 we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 3.
At the end of Year One we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 5.
At the end of Year Two we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 6.
In the summer term of Year One children will undertake a national phonic screening test to ensure they are meeting age-related expectations. Children will be retested in the summer of Year Two if they don’t meet the required standard.
Phase 6 (of Letters and Sounds) objectives are covered in the Year 2 Read Write Inc spelling programme books. Grapheme-phoneme correspondences are constantly revised whilst children acquire more word-specific knowledge and start to read for pleasure. This spelling programme continues throughout KS2.
Children who are well below the expected phonic phase on entry to KS2 should, at the school’s professional judgement, either continue working within a group at the relevant Letters and Sounds phase or have access to a relevant intervention programme in addition to spelling lessons.
We follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. The books are graded in order of ability and texts are interesting and accessible, yet still contain an element of challenge.
Children's comprehension is challenged during shared reading at the start of English lessons. Teachers also read chapters from a quality text to their class on a daily basis followed by discussion and vocabulary enhancement. Children are given one-to-one reading intervention when needed. Discrete Comprehension skills and strategies are taught and applied during whole class sessions, with small teacher-led guided groups being delivered when appropriate.