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English Progression Document



Our Approach to Phonics teaching


We use Sounds Write throughout Reception and Key Stage 1. All Key Stage 1 staff have completed the in-depth, 4-day training in how to use Sounds Write to deliver systematic phonics lesson through Reception and Year 1. All children in Reception and Year 1 have a daily 30-minute phonics session following the teaching sequence of revisit/review – teach – practice – apply. In Year 2, children access a balance of phonics and spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons based on their individual needs. Children are taught either as a whole class or in groups, based on regular assessments, so that learning and provision can be correctly matched to the children’s needs. Small phonics intervention groups and individual phonics teaching is delivered by teaching assistants, overseen by the class teachers, to provide additional teaching and catch-up sessions to plug gaps quickly.


Sessions aim to be lively, fast-paced, fun and interactive. Children are taught phonemes/digraphs/trigraphs, high frequency words and/or tricky words and these are consolidated through reading and writing.


At the end of Year 1, children will take the national Phonic Screening Test which tests children’s phonic knowledge. They are required to read real and alien words, applying the skills they have learnt.