The curriculum, teaching and learning
Consistency across the school, in our approach to teaching phonics, is key to its success. We use Jolly Phonics to teach initial letter sounds and actions and games and activities to teach the application through reading and spelling activities.  We are currently transitioning to the use of the Monster Phonics scheme and this will be implemented across school in the Summer term.

The Monster Phonics Approach

Monster Phonics is a highly-engaging, structured, synthetic phonics programme. It facilitates learning by allowing children to learn new graphemes by using monsters to group graphemes for recall and to provide an easy and fun memory cue for children. It also uses colour-coding to highlight the grapheme when teaching a new grapheme. Once taught and secure, the colour is removed. Monster Phonics matches the Reception EYFS framework and KS1 Spelling Curriculum. It progresses from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills, and ensures that prior knowledge is built upon. The main principles of systematic synthetic phonics teaching are followed, allowing children to become confident and successful readers, spellers and writers from a very early stage in their school life.

Progression in Phonics

Nursery: In Nursery, we start by teaching Phase 1 Phonics which looks at laying down the foundations of distinguishing between sounds which helps children to prepare for the introduction of phonics in Reception.

Phonics Screening Test 

Children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in a phonics screening check during the same week in June. Children in year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or if they have not taken the test before. In 2021 all pupils in Y2 will complete the test due to school closure.

This document outlines how the test is administered and provides examples of how you can help your child at home.

Phonics Screening Test

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