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Phonics

Leaders: Sarah Phillips and Holly Djeneralovic

Intent

At Frimley we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and independence when accessing the world around them.

We intend our pupils to be able to:

  • Recognise, say and write all phonemes within each phase of ELS
  • Use their phonic knowledge to blend and segment phonetically decodable words
  • Use their phonic knowledge to attempt to read and write more complex words
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding, age and ability appropriate texts
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, using phonic knowledge

Implementation

  • Initial phonics assessment of all children in year 3 and children identified within years 4, 5 and 6 as needing extra phonics support
  • For the first half term, Year 3 will teach whole class retrieval lessons covering all phonics phases and using ELS resources
  • ELS structure: Review, Teach, Practise, Apply and Review
  • Phonics leader and LSAs to deliver phonics interventions across all year groups using ELS lesson plans and workbooks
  • Children will be in differentiated groups or 1:2 to ensure progress is made
  • All children will have a decodable reading book to match their phonics ability, which will be sent home to reinforce learning

Impact

During interventions, you will see and hear:

  • Fun and engaging lessons with a quick pace and consistency between groups
  • Happy and confident pupils who are able to use phonics to enable them to read and spell
  • Independent learners who are able to apply their phonic skills across the curriculum
  • Well-resourced phonics walls and support mats being used in all classrooms to support writing
  • Confident delivery of lessons by teachers and LSAs
  • Challenge and support provided to all pupils

Children leave Frimley:

confident in their phonic knowledge; able to blend and segment words independently when reading and spelling and apply this across the wider curriculum with a love and enthusiasm for reading and writing