St Philip's Catholic Primary School

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Phonics & Reading

Phonics at St Philips

At St Philip's Catholic Primary School we believe that reading is a skill which is taught through planned, systematic phonics lessons which lead to the enjoyment of all kinds of books, the appreciation of different genres and the ability to access information independently. Through their own reading, we hope that children will develop their individual tastes in literature and be able to understand and justify their own choice of books.

At St Philip's Catholic Primary School we teach phonics as the first approach to reading. We follow the Twinkl DFE's Validated Scheme: 

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

In the Summer term every Year 1 child will take a Phonics Screening Check. This is a phonics based check where children will be expected to read 40 de-codable words, including pseudo (nonsense) words. This is a progress check to identify those children not at the expected level in their reading. The results will be reported to parents at the end of the Summer term. Any children who do not reach the expected level in Year 1 will be re-checked in Year 2.