Phonics Screening



At Lingfield Primary, our planning for writing is flexible to meet the needs of the children. Where appropriate, Contexts for Learning provide the content for written work, however the interests of the children or other inspiring ideas are also used. Units of work are based on quality models and follow the Pie Corbett theory of Immersion and then Application. The children elicit success criteria from models of excellence, learn the structure of the text and then apply their new knowledge to their own writing. Teachers use modelling, shared writing and guided teaching to promote progress. Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are the key skills from the curriculum that underpin our teaching and provide specific targets for our children. Children are encouraged to be reflective learners by peer and self-assessing their writing against the success criteria and their own differentiated targets. Teachers assess and mark the children’s work using a clear marking code and then children are given time to respond to the feedback to improve their writing further.

Reading is promoted across the curriculum, however, Reading Workshop forms the key method of teaching reading. Reading Workshop is made up of lessons throughout the week that provide children with the opportunity to discuss texts with adults and their peers, infer meaning using their comprehension of the text, use reading strategies and practice their fluency and expression. In Key Stage 1, Oxford PM levels are used to benchmark children and ensure they are reading texts at an instructional level.

In Key Stage 1, phonics is taught using the Read, Write Inc. programme. Read Write Inc. phonics is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme that teaches reading, writing and spelling. The children start by learning 44 speed sounds and how to sound blend for reading. At the same time they develop skills for handwriting and spelling. Through lively storybooks that contain words that the children can decode the children progress to read and achieve early success.

As children enter Year 2 and Key Stage 2, the principles underpinning Read, Write Inc. phonics is continued with the use of the Read, Write Inc. Spelling Programme. Children continue to develop their understanding of the spelling system, practise and apply spelling rules within their own writing and learn to consolidate their knowledge of spelling.

Progression in Grammar and Punctuation (pdf)