St Francis Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free-

Frederick Douglass

At St Francis we want every child to be able to read fluently by the end of KS1. We teach engaging and interactive phonics sessions which clearly focus on teaching children to use their phonic knowledge to confidently decode words. Through high quality teaching of segmenting and blending, alongside the teaching of tricky words, our children will become confident readers. It is upon this strong foundation that we empower, enable and encourage our children to enjoy books and become lifelong readers.

At St Francis, we teach the National Curriculum of reading/phonics through Letters and Sounds. This is supported by Phonics Play, which sets a clear progression through the phases and ensures there is clear progression from Phase 1 in FS1 to Phase 6 in Year 2. The expectation is that children are working at their individual phonetic phase, which is monitored half-termly, and will eventually all reach Phase 6 by the end of Year 2.

Lessons take place daily lasting 20 minutes, they implement application of both reading and writing. Additional intervention is provided for those children who need it through EYFS and KS1. Yearly training is carried out for staff to ensure children are pronouncing phonemes correctly, using terminology and have strategies in place to support their reading (use of sound buttons). A love of reading is encouraged, so along with the use of lessons we encourage trips to the library, reading for pleasure as well of lots of fun phonics games to build on their existing learning.

FS2 Phonics and Reading Virtual Meeting

Parents/Carers of children in FS2, please find the presentation from Mr Duffy's Reading and Phonics parents' meeting last week here

Phonics Resources to Support Home Learning

Our Phonics Leader, Miss Breen, has made some resources below to support every sound in each phase of phonics.  Simply click on the PowerPoint and make sure you you put it into 'slideshow' mode for it to work to the best effect.  Click on the speaker buttons to hear Miss Breen pronounce the sounds for your child to copy.