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Reading & Phonics:

Reading and Phonics are very closely linked. At Wolston St Margaret's Primary School, we teach reading through a systematic synthetic phonics appraoch based on the Letters and Sounds programme. This begins in Reception, where the Jolly Phonics scheme is used initially, and is delivered through to Year 2. Each child is assessed regularly and their progress monitored regularly.

Synthetic Phonics

‘Synthetic phonics’ is synthesising (blending) in reading. Children are taught GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) to work words out.

• For reading, children are taught to look at the letters from the left to right, convert them into sounds and blend (synthesise) the sounds to work out the spoken forms of the words. For example, if children see the word sat, they need to know what sound to say for each grapheme (/s/ – /a/ – /t/) and then to be able to blend those sounds together into a recognisable word. When words have been read this way often enough, they become known and can then be read without sounding out and blending.
• For spelling, children are taught to segment spoken words into sounds and write down graphemes for those sounds. If children want to write sat, then they need to be able to split it into the sounds /s/ – /a/ – /t/ and write the appropriate letters.

Systematic Synthetic Phonics
These are programmes providing a systematic, orderly, teaching framework through which teachers support children in developing the phonic knowledge and skills and in securing the word recognition skills to support them as fluent readers. Letters and Sounds (the framework we use at Wolston St Margaret's) is such a programme.

For a small number of children, there is difficulty in approaching reading in this way. They require an approach which includes synthetic phonics plus a range of other strategies to tackle new and unfamiliar words. Children who may need extra support in reading, participate in a reading intervention delivered by teachers and teaching assistants. 

 

Writing:

At Wolston St Margaret's Primary School we believe that being able to write with clarity not only enables pupils to communicate effectively preparing them for a successful future, but also allows pupils to experience the joy of crafting their own texts. We aim to develop confident pupils with a love for writing across the curriculum.
It is important that pupils learn to write independently from an early stage and this is encouraged though emergent writing within the EYFS.
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are following the National Curriculum 2014. This consists of:
• transcription (spelling and handwriting)
• composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these two dimensions. In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. These aspects of teaching the process and sequence of writing have been incorporated into every unit of study used as a vehicle for composition.