The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1). At John Randall Primary School, we use a synthetic phonics programme RWI produced by Ruth Miskin. Our staff teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. All children in Reception, KS1 and, where necessary, KS2 have daily phonics sessions in small ability groups where they participate in speaking, listening, spelling and reading activities that are matched to their current needs.

Children in KS1 And KS2 who are not involved in the phonics session, participate in guided reading sessions which take place across the school daily for between thirty and forty-five minutes. Each session focuses on a single Assessment Focus skill and class teachers plan their sessions using a high quality, challenging text each week.

Please can we actively encourage you to read with your child at least three times a week at home. When you have read with your child, please can you make a note of the date, title of the book and make a comment about your child’s reading too. This will help the adults in school maintain a regular dialogue with you about your child’s reading.

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