Our Approach to Teaching Phonics & Spelling at Winwick CE Primary School
Here at Winwick, we follow the Phonics Phases as set out in the national Letters and Sounds document. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a daily Phonics session which is in addition to their daily English lessons. Phonics sessions and interventions are delivered by teachers and teaching assistants across the EYFS/Key Stage 1 department, differentiating groups where appropriate. School use a range of resources to support the teaching of Phonics, including the Phonics Play resources. All of our EYFS/Key Stage 1 Team have received Phonics training from EY2P Consultants and the Senior Leadership Team monitor Phonics each term.
At the end of Year 1, children sit the National Phonics Screening Check which identifies how well children can use their Phonic skills to decode words. The check contains 40 words - 20 real words and 20 nonsense words - that children must read. The check takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Children across all of EYFS and Key Stage 1 are also assessed on their Phonics at regular points throughout each term. This also includes any children still receiving Phonics support in Key Stage 2.
Should children require additional support with their Phonics, additional intervention is put in place; this is in addition to the daily Phonics session and would usually take place during the afternoons. Any children who do not pass the Phonics Screening in Year 1 will continue to receive additional targeted Phonics intervention into Year 2, and beyond if this is required.
Our Key Stage 2 children, along with the children in Year 2, follow the 'No Nonsense Spelling Program' which ensures coverage of National Curriculum expectations for spelling.
If you would like any more information about Phonics, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance or speak with Mrs Duckett, our English lead. Appointments can be made via the school office.