Phonics at Croxteth Community Primary School

At Croxteth Community Primary School, we follow The Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of Phonics.

In Early Years, children are introduced to the simple alphabet code and learn one way of representing each sound. During Key Stage 1, children are given opportunities to build on and develop their Phonics knowledge, by applying previously learnt graphemes and exploring alternative representations of phonemes and graphemes.

Phonics sessions take place daily in small focused groups for all Reception and Key Stage 1 children. Children in Pre-Nursery and Nursery have daily exposure of phases 1 and 2, in their classroom environment along with small group intervention.

Within a daily phonics session, children are taught how to:

Read a new sound
Recognise a new sound
Write a new sound
Read words containing the sound
Spell words containing the new sound

Phonics assessments consist of both formative and summative. Summative assessments take place at the end of half term. This is to ensure all children are making progress and allows for identification of gaps in attainment and progress. Children who do not reach the national standard at the end of Year 1 are given extra support during Year 2 to help them achieve the national standard at the end of Key Stage 1.

We fully believe that children learn best when they are given opportunities to practise their new learning at home. We work very closely with our parents to ensure that they have the knowledge and resources to support their children. We hold a number of Phonics workshops throughout the year, which are always well attended.

This video clips explains how to say the letter sounds accurately…