At Limehurst, we want every child to be successful and fluent readers at the end of Key Stage One. We believe that this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete synthetic phonics teaching combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read and spell.
Limehurst phonics is taught through daily discrete phonics sessions. We use the Supersonic Phonic Friends scheme to deliver theses high quality phonics sessions.
Below is an outline of the phases and when they are taught in our school.
The Phonics Screening Check- The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment at the end of Year 1 to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonetic decoding to an appropriate standard. It enables schools to identify children who need additional help, so ensure they are given support to improve their reading skills. Children who do not 'pass' the check in Year 1 are able to retake it in Year 2. It is a Statutory Requirement to carry out the screening check. The check is a short, simple screening check that consists of a list of 40 words and pseudo words (non-words), which the child reads one-to-one with their class teacher. The Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.
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The core-reading scheme at Limehurst is Rising Stars. This is supplemented with Rigby Stars for guided reading in Key Stage One. Reading books are carefully matched to the phonics phase children are working at. All children in school have access to Rising Stars online Reading Planet and staff allocate children books to read at home. In the EYFS and KS1 parents are also invited to attend reading club every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At Limehurst we promote reading for pleasure and all children have access to a library. Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge and critical thinking skills.