Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Children at the end of year 1 complete a phonics screening assessment. The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. Year 1 children usually take the phonics screening check in early June.
All of our reading books are phonetically decodable and children receive books based on where they are working within their phonics session. Children should be able to read fluently at least 90% of the book that they share with you at home.
During our guided reading sessions which happen at least once a week children will tackle a more challenging book and this is where we will work on comprehension and developing their fluency skills.
We also access online reading books through Collins Ebooks and each child has their own login details to enable them to access this at home.