Phonics

At St Stephen's Catholic Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a DFE approved, systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

 

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. We also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

 

By the time children complete the national phonics screening check in Year 1,  the vast majority of children meet the threshold.
 
Over time,  our phonics outcomes have consistently exceeded national averages.
 
2014 - 84% of children met the required standard 
2015 - 87% of children met the required standard
2016 - 90% of children met the required standard 
2017 - 90% of children met the required standard
2018 - 87% of children met the required standard
2019 - 89% of children met the required standard
 
Pupils who do not meet the standard by the end of Year 1 are assessed again at the end of Year 2
 
Year 2 outcomes for pupils meeting the standard are as follows:-
 
2015 -  97% - national average 90%
2016  - 94% - national average 91%
2017 - 97% - national average 90%
2018 - 94% - national average 90%
2019 - 97% - national average 90%
 
All of the above outcomes exceed the national averages. 
 
Mrs Burnham is our phonics leader in school.  She can be contacted for any advice or guidance.  In the Autumn term each year, she delivers a phonics awareness session for Reception class parents.