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St Mary's C of E (VA) Primary School

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We follow the National Curriculum and in R.E we use the syllabus set by the Diocese of Chelmsford.


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Phonics and Reading Schemes

EYFS & Key Stage 1


Our approach to the teaching of reading and phonics


At St Mary's we teach phonics across KS1 using our own program combining elements of different phonics programs available including Jolly Phonics, KRM and Read, Write Ink. We follow Phases 1 - 6 starting in EYFS.


Phonics is taught twice daily in KS1 (the second session being a spelling session in Year 2).


The sessions are designed to help improve children's pronunciation of words, reading skills, spelling and sentence forming.  The session starts with synthesis to help with reading.  This is when the children form words verbally using individual and combination sounds.  Next they segment given words into individual and combination sounds to help with spelling.  Children then read a range of words focusing on new and old phonemes, with the aim to eventually read these words by sight.


At this point the children are introduced to the 100 most common sight words to learn as well as common exception words.  Finally the children use their segmentation skills to spell a wide range of words focusing specifically on the phonemes with multiple graphemes.  Also the spelling of the most common sight words and exception words.  The sessions ends with sentence formation using key words from the session, focusing on sentence structure, letter formation, spelling and punctuation.


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