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Early Reading and Phonics

Easingwold Primary School - Reading and Phonics Curriculum Statement 


'Excellence for All'

Outcomes for pupils:

An unwavering ambition to ensure all children are equipped with the academic and social skills needed to be ready for the next stage in their education.

Fostering a thirst for the acquisition of knowledge and recognising that learning is a life-long skill.

Embracing a culture of self-awareness and respect to allow us to grow as citizens.


Teaching and Learning:

Empowered creative and inspirational staff who inspire children to achieve highly.

Enabling our children to widen their horizons and aspire to personal excellence through the development of a broad and exciting curriculum which places experiences as a high priority. 

Permitting the taking of risks by means of exploring new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. 


Intent: What do we want to achieve?

The primary aim of our whole school curriculum is to provide 'Excellence for All.' To achieve this we want to develop our children as curious, independent and resilient learners who have a secure understanding of themselves, their community and the wider world in which they live in. We want them to have high aspirations and make positive contributions to their community and society. It is of the utmost importance to us that we provide pupils with indelible experiences from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable, lifelong skills. 


At Easingwold Community Primary School, we deliver our Phonics and Reading curriculum to ensure it follows the key aims of the National Curriculum. We currently follow the Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics. From September 2022 we will follow the Little Wandle SSP.


We firmly believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to ensure the development of fluency in reading and writing and underpins all aspects of the educational journey a child embarks. Through the daily teaching of systematic and consistent high quality teaching, children learn to segment words, which supports their ability to blend sounds allowing them to read and write words.  In doing this, we will create fluent, expressive, passionate, rounded and skilled readers. We aim for all children to be able to read words and simple sentences by the end of Early Years (Reception) which supports their continued success in Year 1 as they build on what they have learnt to allow them to be fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Phonics is given priority throughout Early Years and Year 1 to ensure the chider are secure in their segmenting and blending skills which will allow them to successfully complete the Phonics Screening Check at the end fo Year 1 and as part of their developing fluency for reading. 


Implementation: How will we achieve this?

Through the teaching of phonics following the Letters and Sounds programme, the children are taught the essential skills needed for reading. Phonics is taught daily to our Early Years and Year 1 children. It is taught in a systematic, engaging and interactive manner to capture all the children. 


Each phonics lesson for our Early Years and Year 1 children includes the following elements:


- Revisit and Review where the children over learn previous graphemes and words 

- Teach where new graphemes and words are introduced and taught 

- Practise where the new grapheme is read and written in words to support reading and spelling

- Apply where the new grapheme / words are used in dictation exercises to secure knowledge

- Assess where staff monitor progress within each phase to inform planning and intervention (if needed) 


Staff assess phonic knowledge on a regular basis and this informs planning for the revisit and review section, but also allows children who have not retained the graphemes taught the chance t revisit them in a one-to-one situation. Where children do not pass Phonics screening (at the end of Year 1) additional support is put in place to support the child with their phonic ability ready for the retake during the Summer term of Year 2. The interventions used are those recommended by the DfE after lockdown:

- GPC Grid 

- Mix it up

- Speedy Reading 

These interventions are used based on teacher assessments to consolidate and revisit any gaps in the graphemes already taught. 


Although we have mixed Key Stage 1 classes, we stream for Phonics and Spelling. The Year 2 children are taught together whilst the Year 1 children are taught Phonics. 


Phonics is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum within school and our Early Years children have the opportunity to explore within their environment, applying their phonics as they learn. Children have regular reading sessions with staff to ensure that they are practising and applying the phonics that they have been taught. This includes additional one-to-one reading for some of our children who require additional support in school, helping them to catch up with the aim of them reaching their age related expectations. 


Impact: How do we know we have been successful?

As a result of high quality phonics provision our children make good progress from their starting points. The majority of children are ready for the next stage of their education as they move from Early Years to Year 1, and further through Key Stage 2. The majority of children meet age related expectations or above in Phonics and Reading. 


Children in our school have a love for reading as can be seen through our 'We Love To Read' sessions. The children enjoy listening to stories read by adults  and their love for reading continues to grow. They make links between stories read to them and are able to recall events and discuss what they have liked or disliked about the story. They visit the school library weekly and are able to select books to take home and read, fiction or non-fiction. Children happily pick up books and talk about them with their peers or other adults. 


Our Phonics screening results show that we are in line with, or above the National expectations for the Year 1 screening. 



At the end of the year we expect children at ECPS to have reached Age Related Expectations (ARE) for their year group and /or showed accelerated process from Autumn to Summer term. Some children will have progressed further and will have achieved greater depth. Children who are working outside their programme of study will show good progress in their individual reading and phonics skills. All children will secure the skills required to become fluent, expressive, passionate and rounders readers for their individual capabilities which will support them in their life long journey. 


Phonics and Reading Policy 

National Curriculum

Phonics Programme of Study for EYFS and Year 1 


We currently deliver our Phonics following Letters and Sounds. Please note that we will be moving to Little Wandle to deliver our Phonics sessions from September 2022.

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