The Teaching of Reading and Phonics at St Paschal Baylon School

Phonics is taught systematically throughout the school as a reading method.

From Reception to the end of Year 1, children are taught a daily phonics session predominantly using the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. They are taught in differentiated groups matched to their ability.

Children are assessed termly to ensure that they are correctly placed in differentiated groups and to check that progress has been made.

At the end of Year 1, all children take a statutory Phonics Screening Check to assess whether children have met the national standard for phonics.

Those children that have passed the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1, move on to learn spelling patterns in words following the Liverpool Spelling Toolkit and continue their reading development through taught Guided Reading sessions, using phonics as one of their primary de-coding strategies.

Those children who did not meet the national standard in phonics at the end of Year 1, continue to receive daily phonics lessons following the Read Write Inc scheme in Year 2 and re-take the screening check at the end of Year 2.

From Y3 to Y6 the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme and other strategies are used as part of a reading intervention programme.

Those children making insufficient progress will be identified for additional Phonics and reading support.