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How do we teach phonics at Beechcroft?


We use the Read, Write Inc. Phonics scheme as the basis for our teaching and learning of phonics/early reading across EYFS and KS1. This daily focus continues in Year 2 and across KS2 for those pupils who have not passed the Y1 national phonics screening.


Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

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Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

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How do we monitor and support progress in phonics at Beechcroft?


All pupils following the phonics scheme are assessed on an ongoing basis to track their progress in matching, manipulation, blending and segmenting. If they are not on track additional support is put in place.


In Year 1 (and for struggling readers in Year 2) a termly assessment of phonics is undertaken to identify gaps in knowledge and areas of weakness. From this, pupils are identified for further support.



How can I support my child with their phonic development?

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