How we teach Phonics at New Close School
Phonics at New Close is taught throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We are currently working with the Ramsbury Hub in order to develop our phonics teaching and ensure fidelity to one scheme. We have recently adopted the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds systematic synthetic phonics programme, which is designed to help teachers and practitioners teach children the sounds the different letters make and how to blend and segment them for reading and writing.
Little Wandle teaching also encourages pupils to learn the shapes of letters to support handwriting. In Reception and Year 1 we focus on forming letters correctly - starting in the right place, going the right direction and placing it in the right spot on the line. When the child is ready, they will begin to look at blends and joining their letters together. This will happen towards the end of Year 1 and in Year 2.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are regularly assessed in phonics. Those children who have not met the requirements at the end of Year 2 continue to be taught and assessed in Phonics in Year 3 and beyond until they meet the requirements.
There is a National Year 1 Phonics Screening Test applied in June in Year 1.