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Phonics at Marsh Lane Primary School
Early Reading & Phonics (Bug Club Phonics)
At Marsh Lane Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics builds the foundations to create fluent readers and writers. We recognise reading as a key life skill, which underpins access to the rest of the curriculum. We aim for children to read words and simple sentences by the end of Reception, become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1 and develop a lifelong love of reading as they move through the school. The systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, is given a high priority throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.
At Marsh Lane we follow the DFE accredited scheme Active Learn Primary Bug Club Phonics. The programme is a balanced approach to the teaching of reading using systematic synthetic phonics. It simultaneously teaches the segmentation of words for spelling, and develops phonemic awareness skills. The programme is the product of seven years’ research in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, which produced remarkable gains in reading and spelling. Children are taught phonics every day for 20-30 minutes as a whole class. Children who are identified as needing a bit of extra support will have a catch-up intervention that day.
A phonics workshop has been created virtually this year, please watch it at your convenience and if you have any questions please ask a member of staff.
Phonics Screening Check
In the summer term, Year 1 pupils complete the Government Phonics Screening Check (PSC). These are not formal and are administered by the class teacher. The screening is simply to test your child’s phonetical awareness and will identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early ready skill. The check consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half pseudo words, the pseudo words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. We will let you know your child’s results by the end of the summer term. If you have any concerns, please speak to your class teacher or the phonics lead.
Here is some key vocabulary you may hear your child using:
Half termly assessments take place through Reception and Year 1 to help inform future teaching and help identify children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge and need additional practice. Daily assessment of learning also takes place within the classroom so staff can quickly identify any children who are in danger of falling behind and provide the appropriate daily intervention.
It is important that you pronounce the phonemes clearly and correctly. This will help your child when they learn to blend the phonemes together. You will find the PowerPoint presentation below with the ‘pure’ pronunciation.
Reading at Home
Useful websites :