Phonics at Silverwood School
At Silverwood School, we aim for all pupils to develop a love of stories, books and reading. Books are an integral part of our curriculum and our classroom environment. We see all of our pupils as readers and we ensure that phonics and spelling is taught across all Key Stages.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching pupils how to read and write. It helps pupils to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they are combined will help pupils to decode words as they read. Understanding Phonics will also help pupils know which letters to use when they are writing words. Learning this skill is often the beginning of a pupil’s journey to learning to read.
EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2 Progression
Key Stage 3 and 4
Within the Pre and Semi Formal Pathway, pupils continue to receive Phonics teaching using Twinkl Phonics during each literacy lesson.
Within the Formal Pathway pupils receive dedicated spelling and Phonics teaching as part of each timetabled English lesson. Pupils are assessed regularly and when they have achieved all aspects of Level 6 phonics they will explore challenging texts during Guided Reading sessions.
In addition to Phonics lessons, all students across the school have access to:
Each pupil will be baseline assessed and their phonic knowledge will be assessed and monitored termly. This data will be used to inform provision. Groupings are flexible and pupils are able to move between groups to allow for timely challenge and support.
At Silverwood, we recognise that assessment data will demonstrate the progression of pupils’ reading and spelling skills. The impact of our Phonics provision will also be demonstrated by pupil’s engagement with stories, their enthusiasm for sharing books and their growing independence in engaging with texts at home and school.
Silverwood School Phonics Assessment Framework
Phonics and Reading
All pupils at Silverwood School will access either Phonics or Guided Reading sessions as part of the literacy curriculum.
At Silverwood School we use the VIPERS framework as a key element of our literacy curriculum. VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the six key areas which we feel pupils need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.
100 Books to Read Before You Leave Silverwood
We have 100 fiction books that we recommend all our pupils experience/ read before they leave us. These are books voted for and compiled by The Times Educational Supplement and the National Association for the Teaching of English. The books are suitable for children of all ages and include old and new, classics and recently published stories.
When pupils have a secure knowledge of phonics they will receive spellings to practice in school and at home. Below is the progression document detailing the lists.