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Eastgate Academy Phonics Intent

At Eastgate Academy, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reding and writing easier. At Eastgate Academy we value reading as a key life skill and make phonics a high priority. We want every child to learn to decode quickly and accurately so that reading becomes effortless. This enables children to develop their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sounds children are learning and already know.

Phonics implementation

The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to children in EYFS and KS1.

In the EYFS, a vital aspect of development of essential knowledges and skills in phonics is the use of continuous provision. This means the children are using and developing taught skills throughout the year on a daily/weekly basis. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learners and link to our topics. We encourage children to be independent in the continuous provision. Children also take part in daily synthetic phonics session, which follow the Read, Write Inc. programme. Children are encouraged to transfer the skills they learn in phonics sessions into their independent reading and writing in the continuous provision.

· Children are taught to

- Decode letter/sounds correspondences quickly and effortlessly using their phonics knowledge and skills

- Read ‘tricky’ (red words) on sight

- Understand what they read

- Read aloud with fluency and expression

- Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar

- Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words

- Acquire good handwriting

· Children are grouped according to their progress in reading rather than their writing.

· Staff ensure that children read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘red words.’ This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers. Alongside this, the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to children.

· Adults read stories to the children everyday so a love of reading is promoted.

· For those children not making the expected progress in phonics and reading they will have 1:1 or small group interventions.

· In KS2 we use RWI as a catch-up intervention for the children who have not made expected progress. We ensure no child gets left behind.

Phonics Impact

Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. The children read books in line with their phonics knowledge. Children can then focus on developing fluency and comprehension throughout the school. Embedding the alphabetic code early on means that children quickly learn to write simple words and sentences. Attainment in phonics is measured by the phonics screening test at the end of Year 1 and ongoing assessment through the Read, Write, Inc programme.