Phonics in FS and KS1
The phonics scheme used by school is based on the Letters and Sounds scheme which is supported with resources from The Oxford University Press Floppy’s Phonics scheme. Other resources used by staff include Espresso and a range of other interactive websites.
School uses a Phonics based system of spellings in Years 1 and 2 and Topical Resources
spelling scheme from Year 3 to Year 6. These resources include weekly lists and follow-
The core of our reading scheme is based around the Oxford University Press Oxford
Reading Tree books. This starts in Foundation Stage with a range of textless books
and continues throughout school to Year 6. The books we use include phonetically
decodeable books as well as those which develop sight vocabulary. There are also
books to support reluctant readers and those who need a lower level of challenge
but have more mature content. The scheme includes traditional tales from around the
world, a range of classic novels and non-
Writing is taught and practiced through discreet units of work teaching the relevant
skills needed for each year group. The children are then able to show and develop
their abilities through cross-
Writing topics for each class are available on each classes Long Term Plan on the curriculum page.
Writing is continually assessed against a set of criteria from Target Tracker, which is our school assessment system. Years 2 and 6 are assessed against the Key Stage Statements which are then published at the end of the year.
Letter to Parents
School uses the Nelson Handwriting scheme. Is is very important that children learn correct letter formation and an accurate style from an early age and this scheme helps children develop a simple to use joined style as they progress through school.
In the last 10 to 15 years as technology has developed and become more readily available even to younger children handwriting has been seen as less of a priority. This should not be the case as the ability to produce neat, fluent handwriting has many benefits.
As well as giving a good first impression to the reader, a confident, fluent handwriting
style contributes to reading and spelling fluency because it improves visual perception
of letters. In later school life including Key Stage 2 many assessments are based
on written work, particularly in time-
Although many of our children have good handwriting, we all have room for improvement. To promote handwriting we will be be choosing a ‘Handwriter of the week’ who will be presented with a certificate in assembly. This may not be the person with the neatest writing, but maybe a child who has made the largest effort during the week. We will also be holding a handwriting competition open to all of the children to enter. More details of this will follow in the coming weeks.
The links on this page give further information and resources to help parents and carers at home. The guidance includes an overview of the letter styles taught in school, both printed and joined.