At Discovery Academy children from Nursery to Year 1 engage in phonics activities daily, at a level appropriate for them. This is our primary method for teaching the children how to read and write.

In Nursery, phonics sessions are less formal as children are encouraged to explore and experiment with sounds. This involves lots of games, noisy play and learning songs and nursery rhymes.

In Reception and Year 1, phonics is taught in a structured session in which children revisit sounds they already know, learn new sounds, practise using those sounds and then apply them in reading and writing.

We use elements of the ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ and ‘Letters and Sounds’ schemes to teach phonics, alongside a wide range of other resources including Phonics Play and Pocket Phonics.

Nursery and Reception parents/carers are asked to attend a phonics workshop in October to find out more information about how phonics is taught at the Academy.

We aim to develop parent’s confidence in helping their children with phonics and reading at home. If parents miss this workshop for any reason, the class teacher who will be happy to arrange an alternative time to share the information.

In the final half term of Year 1, pupils are assessed by a statutory ‘Phonics Screening Check’. This is used to identify children who will need additional support with phonics in Year 2.

Children who do not pass in Year 1 will continue to participate in daily, structured phonics session throughout Year 2 and will retake the assessment at the end of that year.

Parents will be invited to attend a meeting to provide them with more information about this when their child starts in Year 1.