Phonics at Farnworth CE Primary School


From joining Farnworth in Reception and throughout Key Stage 1 children take part in high-quality phonics sessions every day. Phonics is about children knowing how letters link to sounds, for example c as in ‘cat’, ll as in ‘fell’, ee as in ‘sheep’. Children use their phonic knowledge when they are reading and writing. This approach has been shown to provide a quick and efficient way for most young children to learn to read words on the page fluently and accurately. We want children to develop this skill so that it becomes automatic. This also greatly helps them with their spelling.


We use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to teach phonics in Reception, Year 1 and for the first term of Year 2. This programme is also used to support children throughout Year 2 and into Key Stage 2 if required. Each session focuses on a new speed sound where the children learn to identify it, write it, blend to read it in words and segment to write it in words. RWI phonics is divided into 3 sets, with each building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning.


The booklets below will give you a clear picture of how we approach the teaching of phonics and word recognition and how, as a parent or carer, you can support and encourage your child at home.



What is the Phonics Screening Check?


The National Phonics Screening Check is a statutory Government assessment introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It checks whether pupils have learned phonic decoding (breaking words down into the sounds that make them up and saying the word) to an age-appropriate standard at the end of Year 1. It involves your child sitting with their teacher and reading 40 words in total. It begins with practice words that are not scored and then moves onto the test where both real and made up words are included.


How will the results from the screening check be used?


You will be informed of how your child has done in the screening check towards the end of the summer term within your child’s report. The screening check will identify children who have phonic skills below expectations for the end of Year 1. Schools are then expected to provide extra help and support. The children who do not pass will then be able to retake the assessment in Year 2. It is necessary to note here that the test is not an indicator of how well children read, simply how well they decode words. Therefore there may be some children who read at, or above, the expected standard that do not pass this test.

If you have any queries please contact your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support.