Phonics at Parkgate
Phonics is taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 using the resources from Floppy's Phonics which is published by Oxford Reading Tree. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practice together and apply what they have learned. The spelling of high frequency and tricky words are taught alongside developing children's phonic knowledge and skills.
During the summer term in Year 1, children nationwide are tested on their phonic knowledge. This test helps us to identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and may need support in Year 2 to develop reading and writing skills. The test is very low-key and the children are not aware that they are being tested. Parents are informed as to whether their child has achieved the national expectation within the child's end-of-year report.
Additional individual and group tuition in phonics will be given to those children in year 1 and Year 2 who find reading difficult. Year 2 children will be tested again in the summer term.