Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Phonics is integral to the development of early reading and writing.
Children at Byerley Park Primary School begin their phonic learning in Reception. They continue to develop their and practice their phonic skills as they move into Key Stage One, learning and applying their increasing phonic
knowledge throughout Year 1. At the end of Year 1 the children, pupils will take part in the Phonics Screening Check (PSC). Introduced by the Department of Education in 2011, the PSC is way to assess achievement in phonics, up to Level 5.
In Year 2 phonics teaching continues and, where there is a need, children in Key Stage Two may also take part in phonics teaching and learning.
At Byerley Park Primary we use a systematic, synthetic phonics programme called Twinkl Phonics. Twinkl Phonics is divided into 6 different levels, with each level building on the skills and learning of previous learning.
At Key Stage Two reading is extended and we are reviewing how we teach and develop the skills of inference, deduction, prediction and evaluation.
Children need to be able to read with understanding, for pleasure and for information. In Key Stage One children are helped and guided towards suitable reading material using a range of home/school reading books to support reading
development. As pupils become more independent readers, they are given responsibility for their own choice in reading. All classrooms have their own reading areas. We aim for children to develop a love of reading and encourage
children to take books home to read and share with their parents and carers at home.
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