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Through the teaching of systematic, high quality phonic sessions, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. This way, children can focus on developing fluency and comprehension as they move through Key Stage 1, with the ultimate aim of becoming lifelong readers (‘Wonderful Words’ and ‘Dream Big’).

Children will individually make progress through the different phases of the ‘Super Sonics Phonics Friends’ scheme that are inline with the year group expectations and each child will make progress from their own individual starting points. Children will become confident and resilient in the face of a challenge when reading and writing by applying learnt phonetic knowledge and skills. Children will have an increased recognition of tricky words and high frequency words when reading and will apply these when writing.

Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. However, at Crescent Primary School, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our phonics and reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We aim to give our children the reading skills and knowledge needed to succeed and achieve in their future school life and beyond (‘Wonderful Words’ and ‘Dream Big’).

A monitoring and triangulation timetable is in place to identify and rectify any issues that arise in the teaching of phonics to ensure that the children receive the most effective provision.

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