Phonics & Spelling
Phonics and Spelling
Intent: At Newton Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. We ensure that we follow this using a consistent and structured approach to support a smooth transition as children gain skills and progress through the stages.
Implementation: Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics session, following Read Write Inc. Phonics. This is aligned to the National Curriculum and the children progress through three 'sets' of graphemes. First, they learn one way to read the 44 common sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They will also learn ‘red words’ (or ‘tricky words’) which cannot be sounded out as they break the phonetic rules of the English language. To support children across the school in applying their phonics when writing, every classroom from Year 1 to 6 displays the RWI Complex Sounds Chart. In EYFS, the simple sounds and images from the RWI scheme are displayed.
Once children are secure in the grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) for each set of sounds and they are able to segment and blend, they are ready to move onto to our spellings scheme. We follow the 'Spelling Shed' programme, which is a highly engaging digital platform. Each Friday, the children are set a new assignment, which is a list of ten words. They are encouraged to practise these on Spelling Shed, using the online games. In school, these words are taught in 15-20 minute sessions each day where we delve further into the 'patterns' and how the words are structured.
Impact: In phonics, the progress of our children is monitored closely, through assessment within their lessons, weekly mini-tests and through regular set assessments. This ensures that all children can be moved on as soon as they are ready and it also allows teachers to offer extra support where necessary. In order to allow the children to consolidate and apply their learning of phonics, they each take home a decodable reading book which is aligned with the phonics stage at which they are working.
For those children who are working on spellings, they are tested each Thursday. This test is completed in their Reading Diaries, which enables parents to give further support where necessary.