Reading, Phonics and Spelling

At Church Langton, we place the highest importance on providing all children with a structured approach to learning to read from the moment they start at our school. In EYFS and Year One, we use a phonics programme called Sounds-Write. It is a highly regarded linguistics programme that begins with sounds in the language and moves from sounds to the written word. Children, in their daily phonics sessions, are taught conceptual knowledge and skills that enable them to say the sounds and read the words. The programme begins by teaching an ‘Initial Code’.

During this phase, the children learn that:

  • sounds can be represented by spellings with one letter
  • that some spellings are written with a double consonant
  • some spellings are written with two different letters

Once the children are confident with applying this understanding in their reading and spelling, they move onto the ‘Extended Code’ towards the end of EYFS. During this phase, the children learn:

  • a spelling can represent more than one sound
  • the most common sounds represented by the target spelling
  • how to manipulate alternative sounds in and out of words

This phase lasts throughout Year 1 and the skills they learn will continue to be applied in their reading and spelling  well beyond this time. Throughout the programme, close links are made between reading and spelling.

Please follow this link to download the parent guide for Sounds Write.

Sounds- Write leaflet for parents

 

Spelling

At our school we use Word Study as our programme to develop the children’s understanding of

Foundation stage (4+)

4+ have reading books linked to their phonics learning.  Within those books there are phonics sounds which the children can work on at home and practice.

Year 1

Year one are also going to be given phonics sounds to work on.  At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 1 and 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 2

Year 2 will also be giving out phonics sounds depending on different children’s needs. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 2 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 2 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 3

Year 3 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 3 and 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 4

Year 4 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 4 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 4 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 5

Year 5 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 5 and 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.

 

Year 6

Year 6 will be studying spelling patterns in school.  Those patterns are listed below for the term ahead.  There is no expectation that the children work on these at home but optional tasks have been listed below so that you can do work with your children if you wish. At the same time they will be tested termly on a list of exception words.  This list is all the words they are expected to know by the end of year 6 and certainly not by the end of a term.  If you wish to break these down at home then please feel free to do so.  They will be tested termly for all of year 6 on the same words to make sure retention is taking place.  After each test the list will be shared with successful spellings highlighted.