At Kirkdale St Lawrence we provide a high quality Phonics curriculum that is accessible by all. We believe that all children should get the best teaching possible in this crucial area so we deliver the important skills and knowledge of phonics through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with a whole language approach to ensure all children achieve and succeed to their highest potential.
We use Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised to teach phonics to all our children. This is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery and Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is divided into phases 2, 3, 4 and 5, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell 'tricky words', which are words with spellings that are unusual and cannot be segmented or blended (sounded out).
Daily keep up lessons ensure every child learns to read
- Any child who needs additional practice has daily keep up support, taught by a fully trained adult. Keep up lessons match the structure of class teaching, and use the same procedures, resources and mantras, but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.
- We timetable daily phonics lessons for every child in Year 2 and in KS2 who is not fully fluent at reading or has not passed the Phonics Screening Check. These children urgently need to catch up, so the gap between themselves and their peers does not widen. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised assessments to identify the gaps in their phonics knowldge and teach to these using the keep up resources.
Phonics is given high priority at Kirkdale St Lawrence and we are striving to achieve results in line with national figures for the Year One Phonics Screening Check.
At Kirkdale St Lawrence the purpose of monitoring and evaluation activities is to raise the overall quality of teaching and levels of pupil attainment. the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school is consistently monitored through book scrutiny, lesson observations, learning walks and pupil voice.