Phonics and Reading Schemes
Year 1 phonics tests are given internally. Each child is given 40 real words and made up words, which they have to read phonetically.
The results for the Year 1 phonics were very good for 2016, with 87% of children getting 32/40- which is the mark as required by the government. Nationally 81% achieved this in 2016.
Those children who are less confident about applying their phonics knowledge are given booster clubs- at a lunchtime for KS1- and phonics teaching given high priority during the school day, with plenty of opportunity to apply skills.
In lower KS2 there are phonics boosters in the morning, again giving the children chance to apply what they have learnt to sentence level work.
The children in upper KS2 are given dictations as a booster, focusing on spelling patterns.
No-nonsense spelling is used to ensure coverage across all year groups.
Staff have had CPD (continued professional development) on using talk for writing, reading with groups and individuals.
We have continued to invest in more new books across KS1 which are part of the Big Cat scheme. These will enable the books to be used in sets for guided reading. The scheme uses real books and exciting stories to engage and stretch the children. In KS2 we have supplemented the Rapid Readers with Rapid Phonics books, which reinforce and practise phonemes to support the teaching and application of phonics for those children who still need to consolidate their learning. We have bought new reading scheme books and proper books for use in the curriculum and for individual reading each year to encourage and engage reading within the school. Bug Club has been purchased as a guided reading scheme for Year Three and Four and we will review the impact in summer 2017.
Computing in Reception
When the children first start school we introduce them to the ICT suite where there is a computer for each child. During their first term in school they will learn about the different parts of the computer such as the monitor, mouse, keyboard and tower. We also have a wide range of activities to develop mouse control and navigation.
Every child in school as their own unique username and password which they use to access our local network (Computers in school). When you are only 4 and may not have experience of computers this can be a little tricky so we spend lots of time helping the children to become confident with this.
Parents are welcome to pop in and see what their child is learning and to chat with a member of staff about their progress. We also run several family computing sessions where children can bring members of their family along to share their knowledge and experience.
For any further information about ICT in Reception please contact Mrs K. Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org