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Intent of Phonics at Quainton

Here at Quainton School, we aim to create a love for Reading, Writing and Spelling through the consistent approach of Phonics teaching. We want every child to leave the school with the skills of an outstanding reader, writer and speller.

Implementation of  Phonics at Quainton

We utilise Letters and Sounds, a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. It is used in many schools in England. It is split into six phases, from starting to learn about sounds at nursery to becoming fluent readers around age 7.

Children are introduced to Phonics teaching as soon as they enter our reception classes with a brief recap on Phase 1 Phonics.

From the second full week of school, children will begin formal teaching of Phonics beginning with Phase 2 where all children will learn the phonemes for the corresponding grapheme. Initially, children begin with the single sounds before progressing onto digraphs and trigraphs.

As they develop through their knowledge and understanding of Phonics, alternative pronunciations and spellings will be introduced in Year 1 before moving onto spelling rules in Year 2.

Phonics is delivered daily as an explicit lesson in EYFS and KS1 following the Letters and Sounds structure. We have a whole class approach to ensure the children, whatever level they may be, do not miss out on any new sounds. Children will also be provided with intervention, if required, to ensure they catch-up.

Our reading scheme, Rising Stars’ Reading Planet, carefully matches each child’s reading book with their present phonological understanding.

Children are assessed termly on their Phonics knowledge which is then used as the basis for any intervention.

In our desire to constantly improve the implementation of English across school we are looking at introducing a new phonics scheme to ensure greater consistency and fidelity across the school.

Children are assessed termly on their Phonics knowledge which is then used as the basis for any intervention.

A guide to Phonics Screening   press the link to find out interesting information about the phonics screening test.

An interactive phonics sound board can be accessed through this link which shows all the graphemes children should know by the end of KS1.  Interactive Phonics Sound Board.