At St Matthew’s we recognise the importance of secure phonic knowledge and understanding and its direct impact on standards in writing, reading and spelling. Across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage One (KS1) we follow Read, Write, Inc. This scheme ensures consistency in pronunciation and a focus on being able to say, write and read the sounds, and therefore is more easily applicable to other areas of the English curriculum.
In EYFS and Key Stage One, phonics is set into ability groups which enables pupils to work in small focused groups and work directly on their next steps. Pupils are regrouped regularly and tested every half term in order to inform phonics assessment and planning.