We, as a school, believe in the relentless drive to ensure that all pupils are equipped with the skills to read for purpose and pleasure. Our phonics provision encourages pupils to read widely and increase pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. We are passionate that reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure chest of amazement and enjoyment for inquisitive, confident readers.
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing learners’ ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes – in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.
The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns.
Phonics at West Monkton
Here, at West Monkton, we offer a personalised, phased approach to phonics for all pupils in EYFS and KS1.. Using the expertise of fully trained teachers and TAs, pupils are carefully placed in the correct phased group and taught a daily, twenty-five minute discrete phonics lesson, with an expectation that they apply their learning in their literacy lessons and the wider curriculum.
Using ‘Letters and Sounds’ as a spine for our phonics teaching, practitioners use Jolly Phonics for the initial sounds and PhonicsPlay as an additional phonics planning framework.
Spellings in EYFS and KS1 are set in the phonics groups and are linked to the phonemes the pupils have been learning. In addition to this, phonetically driven reading books are set for the pupils on a weekly basis to build further on the children’s learning.
We are extremely proud of our phonics provision at West Monkton and predict that the percentage of Year 1s who pass the phonics screening test will be in line with the national average and our Year 2 re-takes to be above national. As we strive for further improvements, KS2 phase leaders prioritise those pupils who are still falling short of the required level of phonics ability in the form of small ratio intervention groups.