Approach to phonics
At St. Augustine’s all pupils in Nursery to Year 2 are taught how to read using phonics. The scheme that we use is Phonics Play and this supports Letter and Sounds. Our results are above the National average.
This programme teaches children to decode text phonetically by introducing them to different phonemes (sounds) step by step. As the children learn their sounds they also learn to blend them to read unfamiliar words.
Nursery pupils start to cover Phase 1 throughout their time with us. During Reception the children begin to work on Phase 2 and move into Phase 3. Children in Years 1 work on Phase 4and Phase 5. With Phase 6 being taught in Year 2. Each child takes home a leaflet explaining the phase to their parents in more detail.
Teaching of phonics also incorporates the English Appendix 1: Spelling.
Some children in Key Stage 2 will continue to follow the scheme as is necessary.
In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. If children do not make the national standard we provide additional intervention support and they are retested at the end of Year 2.