Phonics is taught throughout Reception and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds scheme, which ensures systematic coverage and progression. Children start phonics when they join our Reception class and are taught daily in class focusing on recognition of the letter sounds and how to read and write these. In Key Stage 1 children may be taught in smaller groups, led either by the class teacher or by trained teaching assistants. The children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are working on the appropriate phase. Year 1 children take part in statutory Phonics Screening Test during the summer term, and parents will be informed of their child’s achievement at the end of the school year. In year 2 children will continue to take part in daily phonics lessons to support them in applying their phonic knowledge and skills to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.