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Phonics, Reading & Writing at Millfield


The school uses the ‘Monster Phonics’ scheme for phonics which is implemented from Preschool to Year four alongside other supportive materials e.g, songs, videos, flashcards. The main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, which is colour banded. Children are assessed using Miscues where they are monitored on their fluency and comprehension skills which links to the colour bands. Children are read to everyday and are supplied with reading books to take home.


Literacy within the Early Years Foundation Stage 

Phonics is embedded throughout the curriculum focusing on listening to different sounds in the environment and children investigating their own name. 

Discrete phonics is taught once a week introducing an individual letter sound, which is the sound they focus on for the week. The sounds are embedded through a range of activities and games across the Early Years environment. 

Discrete daily phonics is taught introducing children to individual letters sounds and the initial digraphs. Children begin to blend and segment CVC words, which then progresses to writing simple sentences including tricky words. The children read to an adult individually every week. 


English within Key Stage One

Year 1:
Discrete phonics is taught in small groups daily according to their phonetic knowledge. They learn a combination of digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs which are used to support their reading and writing. Alternative spellings and common suffixes are introduced as well as reinforcing blending and segmenting. Real and nonsense words are practised to monitor the children’s ability to apply their phonetic knowledge, in preparation for the Year One Statutory Phonics Assessment.
Guided reading takes place every week in small groups. The sessions include reading with an adult, working on segmenting and blending skills, comprehension, predicting and sequencing.

Year 2:  

Children will continue to develop and embed their phonetic knowledge until they are secure. Once children are secure in this, they move onto learning the Year Two spelling rules. They also learn about root words, compound words, suffixes and prefixes. The children learn how to read and spell common exception words to develop fluency.
Guided reading is taught weekly with a focus on developing comprehension through inference skills, explaining, sequencing, understanding vocabulary and retrieving information. At the End of Year Two children take a statutory reading test to support the teacher to monitor their reading fluency and comprehension.


English within Key Stage Two 

Some children are given the opportunity to secure their phonetic knowledge in small groups. In daily SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons, the children continue to learn and develop spelling and grammar rules to support their reading and writing.
In Key Stage Two, guided reading is taught weekly through whole class guided reading sessions and small guided reading groups, which is tailored to the children’s needs. The children widen their comprehension skills by referring to the text in their answers, making connections, clarifying for meaning, asking questions about the text and summarising.

Please read the informative presentation below giving an explanation of phonics.  This covers both teaching in school and how parents/carers can support phonics learning at home.  This information was shared with parents/carers during a Workshop held on 25th September 2019.
Below is a guide to Millfield's reading colour band system
Below is a handwriting letter formation sheet showing each letter formation.  This sheet can be used to help your child practice letter formation.