Phonics underpins, and is intrinsically linked to, early reading and writing in Key Stage 1. As children progress in their phonic knowledge, they will move on from making letters and sounds to using and applying their knowledge across the curriculum.
Phonics is taught through the systematic programme ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Letters and Sounds aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonics knowledge and skills.
In Year 1 children will:
- Be taught in their class groups to ensure that all children have access to the same learning.
- Receive additional support and intervention when required.
- Be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of literature.
- Speak confidently and listen to what others have to say.
- Begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm.
- Use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.
- Sound out most unfamiliar words accurately in age appropriate books, without undue hesitation.
- Be taught focussed phonic sessions 5 times a week.
- Take part in weekly guided reading sessions.
- Children that do not pass the Year 1 phonics screening test will have the opportunity to repeat the test in Year 2.