Reading is the key to learning...

"Good phonics teaching will make sure that all children learn to read early, regardless of their background." - Jill Jones, Ofsted - 2019

“Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.”

– Barack Obama

Our Phonics Intent

It is our moral imperative to provide the knowledge and skills required so that all children develop the ability to decode texts confidently and fluently regardless of background or starting point.

Phonics at Offa's Mead Academy

Offa's Mead have chosen to teach Phonics using the DfE accredited Rocket Phonics reading programme. We aim to give children the best possible start on their reading/writing journey by teaching them the essential phonological/phonemic skills and knowledge to decode and encode words independently from the outset.

Rocket Phonics is a well designed systematic synthetic phonics program which is designed to ensure pupils keep up rather than catch up.

The steady pace and progression deeply embeds knowledge and skills from the start and as a balanced approach, focuses equally on blending for reading, and segmenting for writing and spelling.

At the point of reading/writing, children will use phonics as their first strategy to read and spell unknown words until it is embedded and automatic for them. We recognise that the development of spoken language and the enjoyment and comprehension of quality literature go hand in hand to develop a lifelong love of reading and aim to nurture and develop these attributes alongside the phonics program.

Our Aim

Our principal aim is to develop the children’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read common exception words on sight- to become fluent readers! Our teaching at all levels includes:

  • Consistency in the approach to teaching phonics throughout EY and KS1 and KS2 where appropriate

  • Rigorous planning, assessment, and tracking

  • Daily whole class, group and individual work

  • Tricky word vocabulary

  • Quality first teaching to support motivation

  • All staff are experts

Through daily phonics lessons, our children will develop the knowledge of the English code and develop the skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation through systematic and structured phonics lessons delivered by highly trained staff. Rocket Phonics reading scheme is a fully decodable highly structured progressive reading scheme.

We strive to ensure that all children leave our school reading and writing (including spelling) to the best of their ability. We aim that all children will have a good word recognition, language comprehension and they have a developed a lifelong love for reading.

At Offa's Mead, we recognise the importance of a quality, well -structured phonics approach that gives children the essential skills to becoming a life-long reader. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 receive daily phonics teaching which involves practising previously taught sounds, learning a new sound, reading and writing using the new sound and then an activity which allows them to apply all their reading and writing skills.

Children in Year 1 will complete the Phonic Screening Check during the summer term. We strive for all of our children to pass the Phonic Screening Check and additional support will be put in place for those children who require it. The children who do not achieve the pass mark in Year 1 will take the test in the following academic year, when they are in Year 2.