Phonics is taught on a daily basis for 30 minutes from Reception to Year 2. The Read Write Inc scheme is used and tied in with the phases in Letters and Sounds. All teachers plan phonics by using, and progressing through, Letters and Sounds and the objectives in the 2014 English curriculum, using a synthetic phonics approach. Children are taught to segment words for spelling and to blend words for reading.
Reception and Year 1 (plus any year 2 children who did not pass the phonics check in Year 1) are assessed four times during the year (baseline, then termly) using the same assessment format.
The assessments are used to track progress and enable teachers to group the children according to their ability. Interventions are delivered for children working below the age related expectation.
At the end of Year One, all children take part in the statutory Phonics Check. Children not meeting the required standard then receive further phonic support in Year Two and re-take the check. Phonics may also be taught in KS2 to those children who have been assessed as still working within the phases from Letters and Sounds. This is group work and part of intervention programs.