EYFS and Key Stage One Reading Scheme
At Brookfield Primary School we aim for all children to be able to read fluently and with confidence by the end of their primary education with us. Teaching of reading consists of two dimensions - word reading and comprehension. This involves the speedy decoding and recognition of unfamiliar words and understanding of what has been read (grammar and vocabulary).
Letters and Sounds is a resource we use in school to support the systematic teaching of phonics. The programme is split into six phases and is taught daily for 20 - 30 minute sessions across Key Stage One. Your child's class teacher will be able to tell you the Phase your child is working at.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a national check of children's phonic knowledge that all children in England are required to complete. The check takes place during one week in June (the DFE inform schools when this will be).
The check requires children to read a list of forty words to their teacher. This is done 'one to one' in a quiet place. The results of the check are reported to families at the end of Year 1 (along with your child's annual report).
A threshold (usually around 32 marks out of 40) is set each year. Children who do not meet the threshold will be provided with extra support in Year 2. They will then retake the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 2 and the result will, again, be reported to families.
We are comitted at Brookfield to foster a love for reading and love of books. During children's early years reading will be taught through the Letters and Sounds programme. Your child will read in school through a series of guided reading opportunities that focus on decoding, fluency and comprehension.
Please help at home by hearing your child read at least five times a week and write your comments in the Home/School Diary for the teacher. We aim to match your child's individual home reading challenges to their phonic ability in order to promote achievement and enjoyment.
In addition, children practice their reading skills during the whole class shared reading sessions. Every day children are given opportunities to listen and join in with a range of stories and poems.