Phonics - RWInc
Phonics Intent - 2021
At St Joseph’s we develop children’s knowledge of phonics, enabling them to become successful readers who develop a life-long love of reading. We ensure children in KS1 are given the best opportunity to achieve 100 words per minute fluency by ensuring pupils complete the phonics programme as quickly as possible with secure skills and knowledge. We believe that the sooner they complete the programme, the sooner they will be able to choose books to read at their own interest and comprehension level. We intend for the children to understand what they read. To read aloud with fluency and expression and to apply their phonic knowledge to write confidently, spelling quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words and acquire good handwriting. We create early reading experience of success which builds confidence as a reader to use reading skills independently to enquire about knowledge of the world.
Phonics Implemenation - 2021
- Phonics is taught using the RWinc programme to EYFS/Y1: daily for 40 minutes
- Are staff are trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher
- In the Foundation stage pupils rapidly learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to represent them.
- Simple mnemonics for each grapheme are taught to support memory retention
- Pupils are then taught to blend and segment
- Paired reading with peer talk gives opportunities for explanation and consolidation of what they are learning ensuring they have also discussed word meaning
- Frequent practise in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings – common exception words supports fluent sight-reading
- Pupils are grouped according to ability using robust assessment procedures Reading material is selected to closely match pupils’ increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception words
- Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding
- Pupils apply their increasing phonic knowledge in their writing in all subjects All teachers support spelling referring to ‘special friends,’ and ‘dots and dashes’ of RWInc
- Phonics charts are displayed in every classroom and children are encouraged to use these to support their writing in all lessons across the curriculum
- The lowest 20% of children are identified from our rigorous assessments and targeted for daily one-to-one tuition to help them “keep up, not catch up
Phonics Impact - 2021
- Attainment in phonics is measured by a rigorous assessment cycle at the end of each half-term, culminating in the ‘Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1
- 65% of our pupils complete the phonics programme by the end of Year 1.
- The remainder of pupils must complete the programme by the end of the autumn term of Year 2
- The statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two measures against the reading attainment of children nationally.In the June 2019 phonic screening check, 93% of our pupils reached the threshold, and in June 2018 , 90%
- Phonics screening assessment material is used each half-term. This provides opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge.Progress in reading comprehension at KS2 is measured using weekly data from Accelerated Reader and PIRA assessment at the end of each term
- The Reading Lead will monitor the quality of provision every half-term and provide coaching/team-teaching to ensure the fidelity of the programme.