At St. Patrick’s we teach systematic, synthetic phonics through the government approved scheme, Rocket Phonics. Rocket Phonics Online is a phonics teaching and learning programme that includes a wide range of reading practice books in digital format. These eBooks can be assigned to the children and read online at school or at home on any internet-enabled device. The books in Rocket Phonics Online are designed to appeal to children who are starting to learn to read, as well as those who are becoming fluent readers and ensure that the children read a book that is appropriate to their phonics knowledge and skills. The books include a variety of fiction and non-fiction, written by phonics experts and children’s book writers. All the books have been carefully levelled according to book banding and other criteria, to ensure gradual progression in difficulty. Each eBook features an optional audio recording (with each word highlighted as it is read) and a variety of quizzes to check children’s understanding of what they have read.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework aims:
Children at the expected level of development in Literacy will:
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The national curriculum for reading aims to ensure that all pupils:
Year 1 should be taught to:
For those children who do not pass their phonics screening check at the end of Year 1, they continue to partake in phonics lessons to ensure they pass by the end of KS1.
Year 2 should be taught to:
For the minority of pupils at St. Patrick’s who still require access to phonics teaching, they receive phonic intervention as we believe that all children deserve quality first teaching.