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Phonics at Newlands Primary School



At Newlands we believe that reading has the power to impact across the whole curriculum and therefore the early skills of decoding are the essential stepping stones into reading. We aim to provide pupils with a high-quality, engaging and progressive education in Phonics using the review, teach, practice, apply process to embed learning. We endeavour to equip all children with the skills needed for reading and writing in their early stages of school life.


Our Phonics sessions teach children to listen, speak, read and write confidently supporting their progress in every subject, at home and beyond. To ensure we equip all children with these early reading skills, Phonics is taught across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and, where necessary, into Key Stage 2 are taught phonics daily as the foundation for their reading and writing journey. Through structured, differentiated sessions we aim to provide children with the confidence to apply their phonics knowledge in new situations daily. We aim that all children will pass the Phonics Screening Test before the end of KS1.


Currently, we use the 'Letters and Sounds' as a basis for our adapted phonics programme. In September we will be moving to use Reading Planets’ Rocket Phonics, which is a DFE validated SSP aligned to Letters and Sounds 2007.


In EYFS, children have two 20 min direct Phonics teaching sessions daily and then daily phonics application sessions in reading and writing. Year 1 children have two Phonics sessions daily, with the second of these followed immediately with an application into reading phonetically decodable books. Application of phonics knowledge is also a key focus in our writing sessions. In Year 2, children also have 2 sessions of Phonics daily, building on their prior learning until they are confident in all phonics phases. Across KS2, children who are still acquiring their Phonics knowledge have small group or individual work that meets their learning needs until they are confident in reading and writing all Phonics Phases.


We currently use several schemes to support Reading in school as detailed below.  For children who are learning phonics we provide fully decodable books that allow children to practise applying the sounds they have learnt so far to read.  Once children have mastered phonics we have a range of quality books that develop comprehension in a progressive manner. 


KS1 Reading Schemes:

Reading Planets

Big Cat

Project X

Bug Club


KS2 Reading Schemes:

Bug Club

Project X

Rigby Navigator

Badger Books



Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Children can then focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school.  Progress in phonics is continually reviewed through periodic phonic assessments and evidence from their reading and writing. Through these, teachers identify the graphemes that need to be addressed which then informs groupings. In June, attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test in Year 1. The national Phonics Screening Check is undertaken to confirm that the children have learned to decode to an age appropriate standard and determines what level of provision they will require the following year.