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All phonics teaching at Beckfoot Nessfield follows the Letters and Sounds approach. In Reception and                                              Year 1 all children have daily, Letters and Soundswhole class phonics lessons taught by a teacher. In Year 2, those children who have not yet passed  the phonics screening assessment will have daily phonics lessons, all other children will have daily lessons consisting of guided reading and using the Spelling Shed programme of study.

Spelling Shed

In addition to the daily direct teaching of phonics within Reception & Year 1, all children will have a group reading session, three times a week. This also includes Year 2 & Year 3 children who have not yet reached a confident level of decoding. Group reading is delivered to a small group of children, who are reading within the same phonics phase and fluency level. During the three weekly sessions each lesson will have a separate focus: decoding; prosody; comprehension.

At Beckfoot Nessfield children’s phonic knowledge is tracked regularly in order to identify progress made and also to enable teachers to establish if children are falling behind or have gaps occurring within a child’s phonic knowledge. Once early identification of children with gaps has been made, they will receive regular short 1-1 interventions in order to close these gaps. There are three different forms of phonics intervention: oral blending; phoneme/grapheme correspondence; blending / segmenting.

Letters and Sounds Phases

Phonics workshops for parents are held within the first term of children entering Reception and Year 1 in order to support parents when listening to children reading at home.HDJD0407

All individual home reading books are also directly linked to the phase the child is comfortably working within (until a child has a good knowledge of phonics phases beyond Phase 5). Once a child is working beyond Phase 5, they will be benchmarked and moved onto the relevant banded reading level.