Phonics Intent at Castleton
At Castleton, phonics is taught in Reception and Key Stage 1 using the progression set out in Letters and Sounds (DFE, 2007) up to Phase 5. The Read Write Inc Phonics resources (Speed Sound Cards and Green Word Cards) and lesson formats are used to teach the sounds, and they have been reorganised and supplemented to reflect the teaching sequence set out in Letters and Sounds.
A focused phonics lesson is taught daily in Reception and KS1 (with a shift to a daily spelling lesson in Year 2 when children begin the Read Write Inc spelling programme) with the class divided into ability groups according to which stage of the teaching sequence they need to learn.
Children are regularly assessed in Phonics in Reception and Key Stage One to check progress and identify gaps in learning, so that planning and teaching can be swiftly adapted.
In the summer term, every Year 1 child will take a statutory Phonics Screening Check. During the phonics based check, the children will be expected to read 40 simple, decodable words including nonsense words. This is a progress check to identify those children who are at the expected level in their phonics. The results are reported to parents. Children will be rechecked in Year 2 if they do not reach the expected level.
To enhance the teaching of phonics, phonics based reading books are used in F2 and Key Stage 1, for both home and guided reading.
In KS2, children have daily spelling lessons, using the Read Write Inc spelling programme. If a child goes into Key Stage Two without the phonics skills needed for blending for reading and segmenting for spelling, the Read Write Inc Phonics Speed Sounds lesson are delivered in a small group intervention.
Useful Website Links
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