Phonics at Chandlers Ridge

Our vision for phonics is for all children to be able to read 44 grapheme phoneme correspondences using a structured, systematic approach based on sequential teaching using our Chandlers Ridge Academy Teaching sequence. Our phonics programme has been designed as a well planned scheme which validates the synthetic approach to teaching phonics. Children learn through a repetitive sequence which allows for overlearning, scaffolding previous learning to the next and allowing all pupils to be successful. Also for all children to reach age related expectations in Phonics in Year 1, having quality first teaching to help them learn the phonic code (decode text they are reading of real and non-words).

Chandlers Ridge Phonics and assessment sheets clearly set out expectations at each phase and the end point for children at each stage. Corresponding key words sets, phoneme lists and smiley face games and phoneme frames are set to pupil’s individual ability and these resources are also sent home to support reading.

Parent workshops

Throughout the school year, we offer after-school parent workshops. It is encouraged for all parents to attend a workshop as they offer guidance on understanding the systematic synthetic approach to phonics at Chandlers Ridge. We want to ensure that parents are helping children read at home, and they have a secure knowledge of phonic sounds and blending skills. Ultimately, helping all our children be successful readers.

The Phonics Test

Phonics screening tests take place when the children are in Year 1. This usually happens at the beginning of June and consists of 40 words that children have to blend and read. The pass rate is usually around 32 or 33 out of 40 but this can differ year to year. If your child is unsuccessful at passing the phonics screening test, they have another opportunity to take the test in Year 2.

What is the phonics screening check?

This is a quick check of how the children have responded to synthetic phonics as a strategy for developing their ability to read. It is a statutory requirement and it involves your child decoding words using only their phonic knowledge. It helps us to confirm whether they have met the expected standard for a child at the end of Year 1. The children have been fantastic throughout this process and it has been made as enjoyable as possible!

How does the check work?

  • Your chid is asked to read 40 words aloud to a teacher who is known to them.
  • Your child may have read some of the words before, while others would have been completely new.
  • The check takes about five minutes although there is no time limit.
  • The check is scored out of 40 and the pass mark in the pass standard has been out of 32. This is subject to change.