Intent

The Phonics curriculum at our school aims to ensure that every child regardless of gender, social disadvantage or special educational need can read fluently and comprehend what they read by the end of KS1. Through the systematic and structured approach to our delivery using the Essential Letters & Sounds scheme, all children make good progress from the time they enter in Nursery through to the end of KS1 and further if and when individual children require.

We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. Children will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read. We also place a high priority for encouraging our pupils to read for enjoyment and we recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills. Handwriting and letter formation also form a strong element of our phonics teaching as we place a heavy emphasis on teaching children letter rhymes to enable them to form their letters correctly.

Implementation

Our school’s curriculum for phonics has been designed to ensure all children are able to read fluently by the end of KS1. Teachers use their phonics curriculum plans to teach high quality phonics lessons to enable children to build knowledge and skills towards clear end points. Phonics is taught daily to all children across Early Years and KS1. Additional support is provided to those children in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1 and targeted intervention is planned for and delivered to those children who are working below the expected standard. Phonics continues to be embedded throughout KS2 through the teaching of Spelling Shed, and ELS Phonics Intervention for those that need it. All children in EYFS and KS1 are assessed half-termly and children’s assessments are used to inform planning and also identify and target individual pupil’s next steps.

Nursery

In Nursery, our early stages of phonics teaching is focused on the development of children’s speaking and listening skills. Our children are explicitly taught to develop listening skills and to identify sounds around them in the environment. This is in preparation to begin developing oral blending and segmenting. This is achieved through our children experiencing environmental and instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and then oral blending. This knowledge and understanding of sounds is a crucial step for children in preparation for moving onto ELS Phonics.

Nursery Seven aspects:

• Environmental sounds

• Instrumental sounds

• Body percussion

• Rhythm and rhyme

• Alliteration

• Voice sounds

• Oral blending

Reception

Letters and their sounds are introduced to children one at a time, as soon as a group of letters are introduced, children are encouraged to use their knowledge of the sounds to blend and sound out words. By the end of Reception, children use their knowledge of phonics to read accurately with increasing speed and fluency.

 

Year One

In Year One, children are taught to read all common graphemes and are able to read unfamiliar words containing these graphemes. Phonics lessons have a strong focus on the teaching of common exception words. Children are encouraged to read these words on sight, daily, and they are a focus for weekly spellings. By the end of KS1, our children have gained phonic knowledge and language comprehension that is necessary for them to read with accuracy, understanding and fluency.

 

Impact

Through the delivery of daily phonics teaching all children are able to read and enjoy reading by the time they leave KS1. They are able to read fluently with expression and can confidently comprehend what they have read. It is evident through our use of assessment that our phonics teaching has a positive impact on the progress our children make in reading. Children use the taught letter rhymes across all subjects and, as a result of this, are able to form letters correctly when writing. They are able to write simple sentences by applying their phonics knowledge by the end of Year 1. Children show confidence in phonics sessions and in wider reading and can tackle new and ambitious vocabulary through applying their decoding skills. The teaching of phonics has a direct, positive impact on our children’s speech and language development, the correct modelling of pronunciation helps our children acquire new words and pronounce words they already know with greater clarity.

                          Phonics

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary we follow Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). ELS teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately.

If you would like to support your child in the correct pronunciation of these sounds, please click on this link.

Phase 2 Sounds

Phase 3 Sounds

Phonics Policy

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2023 -24 Phonics Newsletters

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf

Phonics Newsletter Archive

 

Reception 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Reception Summer 2 Phonics Newsletter.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Aut 1.pdf .pdf

Reception 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Reception Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.docx .docx
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spring1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf

Intent

The Phonics curriculum at our school aims to ensure that every child regardless of gender, social disadvantage or special educational need can read fluently and comprehend what they read by the end of KS1. Through the systematic and structured approach to our delivery using the Essential Letters & Sounds scheme, all children make good progress from the time they enter in Nursery through to the end of KS1 and further if and when individual children require.

We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. Children will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read. We also place a high priority for encouraging our pupils to read for enjoyment and we recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills. Handwriting and letter formation also form a strong element of our phonics teaching as we place a heavy emphasis on teaching children letter rhymes to enable them to form their letters correctly.

Implementation

Our school’s curriculum for phonics has been designed to ensure all children are able to read fluently by the end of KS1. Teachers use their phonics curriculum plans to teach high quality phonics lessons to enable children to build knowledge and skills towards clear end points. Phonics is taught daily to all children across Early Years and KS1. Additional support is provided to those children in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1 and targeted intervention is planned for and delivered to those children who are working below the expected standard. Phonics continues to be embedded throughout KS2 through the teaching of Spelling Shed, and ELS Phonics Intervention for those that need it. All children in EYFS and KS1 are assessed half-termly and children’s assessments are used to inform planning and also identify and target individual pupil’s next steps.

Nursery

In Nursery, our early stages of phonics teaching is focused on the development of children’s speaking and listening skills. Our children are explicitly taught to develop listening skills and to identify sounds around them in the environment. This is in preparation to begin developing oral blending and segmenting. This is achieved through our children experiencing environmental and instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and then oral blending. This knowledge and understanding of sounds is a crucial step for children in preparation for moving onto ELS Phonics.

Nursery Seven aspects:

• Environmental sounds

• Instrumental sounds

• Body percussion

• Rhythm and rhyme

• Alliteration

• Voice sounds

• Oral blending

Reception

Letters and their sounds are introduced to children one at a time, as soon as a group of letters are introduced, children are encouraged to use their knowledge of the sounds to blend and sound out words. By the end of Reception, children use their knowledge of phonics to read accurately with increasing speed and fluency.

 

Year One

In Year One, children are taught to read all common graphemes and are able to read unfamiliar words containing these graphemes. Phonics lessons have a strong focus on the teaching of common exception words. Children are encouraged to read these words on sight, daily, and they are a focus for weekly spellings. By the end of KS1, our children have gained phonic knowledge and language comprehension that is necessary for them to read with accuracy, understanding and fluency.

 

Impact

Through the delivery of daily phonics teaching all children are able to read and enjoy reading by the time they leave KS1. They are able to read fluently with expression and can confidently comprehend what they have read. It is evident through our use of assessment that our phonics teaching has a positive impact on the progress our children make in reading. Children use the taught letter rhymes across all subjects and, as a result of this, are able to form letters correctly when writing. They are able to write simple sentences by applying their phonics knowledge by the end of Year 1. Children show confidence in phonics sessions and in wider reading and can tackle new and ambitious vocabulary through applying their decoding skills. The teaching of phonics has a direct, positive impact on our children’s speech and language development, the correct modelling of pronunciation helps our children acquire new words and pronounce words they already know with greater clarity.

                          Phonics

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary we follow Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). ELS teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately.

If you would like to support your child in the correct pronunciation of these sounds, please click on this link.

Phase 2 Sounds

Phase 3 Sounds

Phonics Policy

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2023 -24 Phonics Newsletters

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf

Phonics Newsletter Archive

 

Reception 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Reception Summer 2 Phonics Newsletter.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Aut 1.pdf .pdf

Reception 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Reception Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.docx .docx
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spring1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf

Intent

The Phonics curriculum at our school aims to ensure that every child regardless of gender, social disadvantage or special educational need can read fluently and comprehend what they read by the end of KS1. Through the systematic and structured approach to our delivery using the Essential Letters & Sounds scheme, all children make good progress from the time they enter in Nursery through to the end of KS1 and further if and when individual children require.

We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. Children will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read. We also place a high priority for encouraging our pupils to read for enjoyment and we recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills. Handwriting and letter formation also form a strong element of our phonics teaching as we place a heavy emphasis on teaching children letter rhymes to enable them to form their letters correctly.

Implementation

Our school’s curriculum for phonics has been designed to ensure all children are able to read fluently by the end of KS1. Teachers use their phonics curriculum plans to teach high quality phonics lessons to enable children to build knowledge and skills towards clear end points. Phonics is taught daily to all children across Early Years and KS1. Additional support is provided to those children in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1 and targeted intervention is planned for and delivered to those children who are working below the expected standard. Phonics continues to be embedded throughout KS2 through the teaching of Spelling Shed, and ELS Phonics Intervention for those that need it. All children in EYFS and KS1 are assessed half-termly and children’s assessments are used to inform planning and also identify and target individual pupil’s next steps.

Nursery

In Nursery, our early stages of phonics teaching is focused on the development of children’s speaking and listening skills. Our children are explicitly taught to develop listening skills and to identify sounds around them in the environment. This is in preparation to begin developing oral blending and segmenting. This is achieved through our children experiencing environmental and instrumental sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and then oral blending. This knowledge and understanding of sounds is a crucial step for children in preparation for moving onto ELS Phonics.

Nursery Seven aspects:

• Environmental sounds

• Instrumental sounds

• Body percussion

• Rhythm and rhyme

• Alliteration

• Voice sounds

• Oral blending

Reception

Letters and their sounds are introduced to children one at a time, as soon as a group of letters are introduced, children are encouraged to use their knowledge of the sounds to blend and sound out words. By the end of Reception, children use their knowledge of phonics to read accurately with increasing speed and fluency.

 

Year One

In Year One, children are taught to read all common graphemes and are able to read unfamiliar words containing these graphemes. Phonics lessons have a strong focus on the teaching of common exception words. Children are encouraged to read these words on sight, daily, and they are a focus for weekly spellings. By the end of KS1, our children have gained phonic knowledge and language comprehension that is necessary for them to read with accuracy, understanding and fluency.

 

Impact

Through the delivery of daily phonics teaching all children are able to read and enjoy reading by the time they leave KS1. They are able to read fluently with expression and can confidently comprehend what they have read. It is evident through our use of assessment that our phonics teaching has a positive impact on the progress our children make in reading. Children use the taught letter rhymes across all subjects and, as a result of this, are able to form letters correctly when writing. They are able to write simple sentences by applying their phonics knowledge by the end of Year 1. Children show confidence in phonics sessions and in wider reading and can tackle new and ambitious vocabulary through applying their decoding skills. The teaching of phonics has a direct, positive impact on our children’s speech and language development, the correct modelling of pronunciation helps our children acquire new words and pronounce words they already know with greater clarity.

                          Phonics

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary we follow Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). ELS teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) teaches children to read using a systematic synthetic phonics approach. It is designed to be used as part of an early learning environment that is rich in talk and story, where children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches children to:

• decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently

• encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately.

If you would like to support your child in the correct pronunciation of these sounds, please click on this link.

Phase 2 Sounds

Phase 3 Sounds

Phonics Policy

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2023 -24 Phonics Newsletters

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1 2023.pdf .pdf

Phonics Newsletter Archive

 

Reception 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Reception Summer 2 Phonics Newsletter.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Aut 1.pdf .pdf

Reception 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Reception Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Reception Spring 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Reception Autumn 2.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2022-23

NameFormat
Files
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.docx .docx
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spr 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Autumn 1.pdf .pdf

Year 1 2021-22

NameFormat
Files
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Summer 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Summer 1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Spring 2.pdf .pdf
Phonics newsletter Year 1 Spring1.pdf .pdf
Phonics Newsletter Year 1 Autumn 2.pdf .pdf