“The beautiful thing about learning to read is that no one can take it away from you” B.B. King.
At Anglesey we promote the love of reading in many ways, the ‘road to reading’ starts early on in a child’s education with bedtime stories. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to learn to read. Phonics is the teaching of sounds (phonemes).
The teaching of phonics starts in Nursery. In Reception and Year 1 children will have a daily phonics lesson. We have developed a phonics programme that incorporates actions and phrases for all of the 42 sounds. This multisensory method is motivating and fun for both teachers and children. By the end of Year 1 children should have worked their way through all 5 phases of the programme and be ready to sit the phonics screening test. The national phonics screening test was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. A child’s phonetic knowledge is assessed every 6 weeks to ensure that they are progressing at a pace where this should happen. Our phonics programme has become extremely successful in supporting children to pass the phonics screening and become more confident readers.
At Anglesey phonics is taught in sets to ensure all children are taught at their level allowing for targeted smaller groups and interventions as appropriate. In the spring term an after-school phonics club is run to target children to fill the gaps in their phonetic knowledge.
- Start and end with assessment. Accurate assessment of what children can and can’t do to inform planning and ensure common errors and misconceptions are addressed.
- Ensure progress. Planning and target setting to ensure all pupils make rapid progress from their individual starting points.
- Aim high. Teachers communicate high expectations, enthusiasm and passion about phonics to learners.
- To continue to successfully deliver our personalised phonics programme which incorporates ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Read Write Inc’ activities and resources.
- Continue to improve our pass rate for the phonics screening year on year keeping the percentage above national.
Reading is an integral part of developing a love of reading. At home, enjoy reading to your child and listening to them read too. Take time to enjoy books together at home or when visiting the library. Books, magazines, looking in catalogues, following recipes, reading instructions for a game - these are all great opportunities to share reading together at home.
Specific phonics homework may be given out for children by their phonics teacher.
As well as this formal home learning this site may also be useful to use at home with your child: