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How we teach phonics


We teach phonics for 20 minutes daily from the child’s start date.  After one term, we differentiate groups to ensure children are reaching their full potential and appropriate support is given.  Our aim is that children will be secure at Phase 1, Stage 1+ and Stage 2 by the end of the year.  We aim to get the children working within Stage 3, ready for this to be recapped in Year 1.


Year 1

The children continue with the Floppy Phonics Scheme as they enter into Year 1.  The children’s assessments are passed on to their new teacher and they plan accordingly to meet the children’s needs.  The children are grouped into ability groups using the phonics tracker data and teacher judgement. This year we are looking at streaming across KS1 to ensure we are meeting all the needs of the children and filling any gaps after Covid.


Year 2

The children will continue to work through the Floppy Phonics scheme in Year 2.  The class teachers will liaise with the Year 1 to gain a full understanding of their classes needs and abilities. A list of children who have not passed their phonic screening test will be given to the Year 2 teacher so they are able to start work straight away on those children that need extra intervention.   The Year 2 staff will go on to look at spelling patterns and rules as and when they feel the children are ready.


Year 3

The year 2 teacher will meet with the Year 3 staff to discuss any children of concern, especially those that still need to pass their phonics screener.  They will discuss what strategies and approaches they have used in the previous year and come up with a plan to continue the teaching of Phonics using the Floppy Phonics scheme.  This is likely to be done as a small group intervention.


Across Upper Key Stage 2

Small daily intervention groups will run for children who have not completed the Floppy Phonics programme. Resources are to be used during all lesson times when the children are expected to be reading or writing.  This will help support the child with those sounds they are still unsure of.