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Phonics

Our Vision and Intent

Phonics (reading and spelling) 

At Springfield Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.  

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Springfield Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.  

Comprehension 

At Springfield Primary School, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose. 

Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Phonics/Early Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school.  Our Early Reading and Phonics leader is Mrs Jones.

Implementation 

We teach phonics for 30 minutes a day. In Reception, we build from 10-minute lessons, with additional daily oral blending games, to the full-length lesson as quickly as possible. Each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers.  

Any child who needs additional practice has daily Keep-up support, taught by a fully trained adult. Keep-up lessons match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning. 

We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week.  Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills: 
    • decoding 
    • prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression 
    • comprehension: teaching children to understand the text.  
Impact

Assessment is used to monitor progress and to identify any child needing additional support as soon as they need it. 

  • Assessment for learning is used:  
    • daily within class to identify children needing Keep-up support  
    • weekly in the Review lesson to assess gaps, address these immediately and secure fluency of GPCs, words and spellings. 
  • Summative assessment is used: 
    • every six weeks to assess progress, to identify gaps in learning that need to be addressed, to identify any children needing additional support and to plan the Keep-up support that they need. 
    • by SLT and scrutinised through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessment tracker, to narrow attainment gaps between different groups of children and so that any additional support for teachers can be put into place.  
  • The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised placement assessment is used:  
    • with any child new to the school to quickly identify any gaps in their phonic knowledge and plan provide appropriate extra teaching. 

Parental Involvement and Support

Please follow the link https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/ where you can find resources that will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. 

 

Please also look out for our phonics workshops for parents which run throughout the school year.