At Greenmount we recognise that Phonics is one strategy that children use when they are reading. Phonics is taught throughout the infants in smaller ability groups. We use the DfE's "Letters and Sounds" as the basis of our planning.
Further information can be found in our school's curriculum document which can be downloaded from the Learning page.
Phonics Screening Check
Towards the end of Year 1, children sit the national Phonics Screening Check where they are asked to read a series of 40 words and non-words. This was introduced in 2012.
For the last four years, the expected standard has been 32 out of 40.
In 2012, 74% of children (26/35) reached the expected standard in comparison with 58% of children nationally.
In 2013, 81% of children (29/36) reached the expected standard in comparison with 69% of children nationally.
In 2014, 80% of children (28/35) reached the expected standard in comparison with 74% of children nationally.
In 2015, 86% of children (30/35) reached the expected standard in comparison with 77% of children nationally.
In 2016, 97% of our children (34/35) reached the expected standard in comparison with 81% of children nationally.
Children who do not achieve the expected standard receive more focussed or additional teaching as they enter Year 2.
For those children who enter the juniors with weaker phonics skills, targetted support is put into place to improve their phonic and spelling skills.