Frizington Community Primary School

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Learning to Read - Our Phonics Teaching Approach


Read Write Inc

In our School, phonics is taught across EYFS (Reception) and KS1 (Y1&2) as well as in interventions across KS2 (Y3-6).  We do this using the Read Write Inc programme.  This is a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading.  

According to the DFE (Department for Education), "almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics, will learn the skills they need to tackle new words."  They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently and most importantly to read for pleasure.

Our children begin their reading journey as soon as they join us in reception and we have a meeting for parents within the first few weeks to introduce the programme and answer any questions.

Please click on the links on the right for further information or speak to Miss Hope who is our reading leader.

Phonics Screening Check

Children are assessed throughout the programme but are formally assessed in Year 1 through the phonics screening check in June.  The check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learned sufficient phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard.  The test consists of 40 words, 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words/we call them "alien" words).  The children read these 1:1 with their teacher who has received training and who the children are familiar with.  The results of this are reported to the parents in the "End of Year Report" in the summer term.