At St Peter's phonics teaching is a high priority throughout key stage 1. We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme which leads to us teaching phonics in a systematic way. We use a variety of resources to make phonic sessions fun and interactive for the children. In both Reception and Year 1 classes phonics is taught, on a daily basis, for at least 20 minutes. We aim for our children to reach at least the end of phase 5 by the end of year 1. Every child has an individual Phonic Record book which is regularly updated to monitor the child's progress. At the end of year 1 our children take the Phonics Screening test and we have a very successful pass rate. (93% 2017)
From year 2 onwards children move towards the National Curriculum program when they are on phase 6. However, if your child has not reached this phase they will be given further support in an intervention group.
Our reading policy celebrates the abilities of our children to apply phonetic strategies and become successful readers. Each classroom has a reading area containing a variety of reading scheme books including : Rising Stars, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Phonics, Dandelion Readers, Sunshine Spirals and Rigby Rocket. These are colour coded along with other 'real' books which your child will be selecting from. Every child has their reading skills assessed regularly which will be shared with you via the 'Home School Diary'.