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Phonics at St James' Infant School


At St James’ Infants our Phonics teaching is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is a structured programme consisting of Phase 1 to Phase 6. It is hoped that by the end of Phase 6 pupils can read fluently age appropriate books. All children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) have a Phonics lesson every day where they focus on the key skills required to learn to read. This session is linked closely whenever possible to the current topic so that children can easily make links and have increased opportunity to apply the skills they are learning.

Further up the school in the Juniors, Phonics is taught to groups or individual children depending on their learning need. We continue to use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Strategy. Below is an Information leaflet for parents called 'Learning To Read Through Phonics', which gives you useful tips and advice on how you can support your children at home with phonics and learning to read. Throughout the year, we also hold drop-in sessions for parents as well as information sessions so you can find out more about how the children are taught.


The Phonics Screening Check

All children in Year 1 are required to do the Phonics Screening Check in June. Children who do not meet the expected standard in Year 1 are required to resit the Phonics Screening Check in Year 2. The check is carried out in a familiar environment and with an adult well known to the pupil. 

In 2018 the Phonics Screening check for Year 1 children and those Year 2 children needing to redo the check, will take place the week beginning 11th June 2018

Please ensure that your child is in school during this week.