In order to develop the fundamental skills of reading, Phonics is taught daily at Richmond Primary School in Early Years and Year One. Year Two children consolidate their phonic skills alongside learning spelling patterns and rules. We pride ourselves in the fact that teachers work hard to ensure sessions are fun and interactive, ensuring all children can access the learning. Regular assessments take place so that we can focus on what each child needs to learn. Catch-up and keep-up sessions are provided for children who need it at different times throughout the week.
Our chosen DFE Approved Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) scheme is called 'Bug Club Phonics'. Our children respond very well to a range of different ways of learning phonics so we use 'Jolly Phonics' actions to provide an additional kinaesthetic way of learning the letters and sounds.
We provide the children with phonic linked home reading books, matched to each child's phonic ability. Phonic linked books are also available online in each child's profile on 'Bug Club Phonics' for access from home. There are also phonics, spelling and grammar games available in each child's profile to match their current learning too.
Towards the end of Year One, children complete the National Phonics Screening Check to assess their phonics skills so far. We will keep parents fully informed about this and how you can support your child at home. For those children who do not achieve the required phonics skills by the end of Year 2 we will continue to support them with phonics skills in Key Stage 2.
Click on the link below for some more information about the Phonics Screening Check.
Please see the Early Years and Year One class pages for more information about Phonics and Reading, and how you can support your child at home.