St. Andrew’s Chardstock Phonics Statement 

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

At St. Andrew’s Chardstock, phonics is taught using a structured daily approach suited to the ages and abilities of the children. The Letters and Sounds programme is used for Nursery children followed by The Early Reading Programme (ERP) in Reception and Key Stage 1. 

Children in Nursery begin with Letter and Sounds Phase 1 which provides a range of playful activities to develop listening and sound identification skills. Progress is regularly tracked. As children move into Reception they continue to build upon these skills and are introduced to The Early Reading Programme. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach the first stages of reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding). The programme is designed by Educational Psychologists and is based upon extensive research into the most effective ways of teaching reading. 

Twice daily, each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned. 

Children’s progress is continually reviewed and they are formally assessed at the end of each term. 

The national Phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in Year 1 enter again in Year 2 with additional support. As children enter KS2, provision is made for those children still requiring daily phonics.

EYFS Policy

Progression in the EYFS Curriculum

Little Acorns - Autumn

20 Sep 2020

This week we have been busy talking about autumn and watching the leaves  blow off the tree from our window. We have been speaking about the colours of the leaves and how they change as well...

Nursery Rhyme Week

21 Nov 2019

Today we have been learning the rhyme row, row, row your boat. We have enjoyed making our own boats with recyclable materials and seeing if they sink or float in the water. We have enjoyed singin...

Nursery Rhyme Week

19 Nov 2019

This week we are celebrating nursery rhyme week. Today's nursery rhyme is Incy wincy spider we have enjoyed learning and singing the rhyme. We have practised our cutting, cutting out a spider web and...

Nursery Rhyme Week

19 Nov 2019

Today we have been learning the rhyme baa baa black sheep.  The children have enjoyed making sheep cupcakes and painting sheep pictures. 

Number Walk

18 Oct 2019

Today in little acorns went on a number walk around the village we found lots of numbers on signs, houses, on the road and in the post office. 

Colour Exploration

18 Oct 2019

This week we have been exploring colour and learning how we can change colour. The children have explored colour in the shaving foam and mixing colours on there hands.  {! sz_gallery_by_id; 22 !...

Axe Valley Wildlife Park Visit

10 Oct 2019

This morning the children had a visit from Axe valley wildlife park.  The children had the opportunity to touch and hold some of the animals. The snake felt 'soft' 'The tortoise felt good' 'the m...

Cutting Shapes Safely

10 Oct 2019

This week we have been focusing on handling tools safely. Today we have used the sharp knife to make apple crumble. The children chopped up all the apples and made the crumble mix and had the cooked c...

Shapes

10 Oct 2019

This week we have been focusing on shapes and recognising shapes in our environment. We have made pictures using shapes, we have been on a shape walk in the village and searched around the school play...

Autumn Welly Walk

10 Oct 2019

Today we went on  an autumn walk into the village. We were on the hunt for autumn leaves and other autumn things. Armed with our checklist and a bag to collect our goodies we set off. The wind wa...