Formal phonics teaching starts in Nursery and runs throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Extra phonics booster sessions are set for children who need it in Key Stage 2.
All teachers at Whingate use letters and sounds to support when planning. However, some of the games from phonics play are also used. Please look below for the links to these websites. You will find some free games that children can access at home on the phonics play website.
Whilst in nursery, children are taught phase 1 of the letters and sounds program in their key worker groups (which are mixed ability). Those children who are ready for a challenge are put into a targeted phonics group to begin blending and segmenting, this is to ensure children are pushed to their full potential. When the children move into Reception they are put into differentiated groups for their phonics teaching. This means that all children are challenged and supported within the phonics lesson. Reception provide masses of opportunities for children to apply their phonics in the areas of provision throughout the day. Differentiated groups are used throughout key stage 1. All teaching staff are involved with the teaching of phonics: planning, assessing and monitoring children's achievements.
Regular assessments of children are completed so that all children are being challenged and achieve their full potential.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
At the end of Year 1 children are required to sit a phonics screening check. The test consists of 40 words, some real and some pseudo, that children have to decode accurately in order to pass. The pass mark for the test last year was 34, but this could change this year. Teachers do not receive the pass mark until all children have sat the test.
If children do not achieve the expected standard within the test, they do have to repeat it in Year 2.
The 2016 test can be accessed below.