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Literacy

Our aim is for all children to become competent readers and writers.  At Firfield Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics.  In the Foundation Stage and Year 1, phonics is taught daily.  In Year 2, children who did not pass the phonics screening in Year 1 continue with daily phonics lessons.  Those who did pass move onto the No Nonsense Spelling Programme for Year 2 alongside spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary lessons.
 
The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in June each year.  The check is carried out by the class teacher.  Each child has to read 40 words (a selection from each phase) including pseudo words (eg. zog). The pass mark changes each year but is usually between 32 and 34.  If your child does not pass at the end of Year 1, they will get extra support and re-take the test at the end of Year 2.
 
Phase Sounds Examples of words
Phase 2
(Reception)
s a t p sat, pat, tap
i n m d sit, mat, pin
g o c k dig, top, cat
c k e u r  red, run, crack
h b f ff l ll ss hat, bat, hiss, pull, frog
j v w x jug, wig, six, taxi
y z zz qu boy, buzz, frizz, quick
Phase 3
(Reception / Yr 1)
ch sh th (th) ng chip, shop, thin, then, ring
ai ee igh oa rain, feet, night, boat
oo ar or good, farm, for
ow ur ow oi cow, hurt, show, coin
ear air ure er dear, fair, sure, corner
Phase 5
(Yr 1 / Yr 2)
ay ou ie ea day, out, tie, eat
oy ir ue aw boy, girl, blue, saw
wh ph ew oe au when, photo, new, toe, Paul
a-e e-e i-e o-e u-e make, these, like, home, fume
Letters and sounds: High Frequency Words Checklist

Phase 2

a an as at if in
is it of off on can
dad had back and get big
him his not got up mum
but the to I no go
into          
Phase 3
will that this then them with
see for now down look too
he she we me be was
you they all are my her
Phase 4
went it's from children just help
aid have like so do some
come were there little one when
out what        
Phase 5
don't old I'm by time house
about your day made came make
here saw very put oh their
people Mr Mrs looked called asked
could          

Next 200 common words in order

water away good want over
how did man going whre
would or took school think
home who didn't ran know
bear can't again cat long
things new after wanted eat
everyone our two has yes
play take thought dog well
find more I'll round tree
magic shouted us other food
fox through way been stop
must red door right sea
these began boy animals never
next first work lots need
that's baby fish gave mouse
something bed may still found
live ay soon night narrator
small car couldn't three head
king town I've around every
garden fast only many laughed
let's much suddenly told another
great why cried keep room
last jumped because even am
before gran clothes tell key
fun place mother sat boat
window sleep feet morning queen
each book its green different
let  girl which inside run
any under hat snow air
trees bad tea top eyes
fell friends box dark grandad
there's looking end than best
better hot sun across gone
hard floppy really wind wish
eggs once please thing stopped
ever miss most cold park
lived birds duck horse rabbit
white coming he's river liked
giant looks use along plants
dragon pulled we're fly grow
Key Stage 2 children follow the No Nonsense Spelling Programme and have daily 25 minute lessons on either spelling, punctuation, grammar or vocabulary.  Guided reading sessions are also taught daily from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.  These sessions give children the opportunity to practise their reading and comprehension skills.  We use a reciprocal reading approach which includes, predicting, summarising, clarifying and questioning.

All children at Firfield have a reading book to practise at home and at school.  In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children have the opportunity to read a variety of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rocket, Phonic Bugs, Superphonics and many others.  These books are internally banded so that children are reading a book appropriate for their level.  As they progress into Year 3, this will continue but with a wider opportunity for personal choice into their desired text type.  Children also have the opportunity to use books from home as their reading book.  Free reading will occur at some point in Key Stage 2 based on the ability of the child.  We encourage children to read to an adult for ten minutes every day and to make a note of what they have done in their reading record.  In school, children are heard to read either individually or in a guided reading session each week.