As a Trust, we follow a well-planned systematic phonics programme, alongside the writing and reading aspects of the National Curriculum. We have chosen to develop our own planning, following the progression within government accredited schemes, tailored to meet the needs of our children.
The children are explicitly taught phonics throughout key stage 1 and, consequently, the majority of children come to the junior school with a good phonics understanding, which is further supported throughout their English and reading sessions.
Children who have yet to meet the required standard for phonics when they start Year 3, and those with less secure phonic understanding, continue to receive phonics teaching. This takes place regularly within the targeted English sets and also in specific adult led sessions throughout the afternoons. During these sessions, the children take part in activities and games which are planned to meet individual needs in order to close the gaps in their phonics knowledge.