At More Park our intention is that our children will learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the teaching of phonics to give them a firm foundation on their journey. The teaching of phonics enables children to blend sounds to read words and segment words into their sounds to be able to spell them.
At More Park we use the Department for Education document 'Letters and Sounds' (2007) as a framework for teaching our phonics. Phase 2 through to Phase 6 is taught in Reception to Year 2. Children are taught that single letters and groups of letters in the written form (graphemes) are linked to sounds in the spoken form (phonemes). Children are given lots of opportunities to read and spell words containing these phonemes/graphemes. Tricky words (which are less easy to spell/read using phonics) are introduced in Phases 2 to 5 as well as lists of high frequency (commonly used) words. Phase 6 focuses on developing fluency and understanding as well as spelling, including suffixes, prefixes and tackling longer words.
Children are taught in daily phonics sessions as a whole class using a range of games and activities - practising both spelling and reading words. Children will be encouraged to apply their skills in Reading skills lessons, writing sessions, 1:1 reading, reading and writing at home and across all subjects. Jolly Phonics is used to introduce and support the learning of Phase 2, 3 and 5 phonemes/graphemes in Reception/Year 1 and used as a resource in subsequent years. Every child's ability to recognise and recall graphemes and read and spell words (including tricky words) is monitored using a phonics tracker programme. Along with the teacher's observations and assessments, children are identified who would benefit from some extra support.
At More Park children can be given 1:1 phonics and reading support through an intervention called Readers Counts (formerly known as Phonics Counts). Mrs Allen, our Reading Counts teacher, conducts a series of assessments then writes and delivers a tailor-made programme. Children have three half-hour sessions a week typically over a three/four month period. Support can be given to Key Stage Two children too if appropriate.
Following a sound foundation in phonics in Key Stage One and subsequent development in both reading and writing, children will leave More Park with a high degree of self-esteem and having increased their future life chances.