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We use a DfE validated scheme called ‘Success for All’ from the Fischer Family Trust (FFT). This scheme has been validated by the Department for Education. We are thrilled to be a Success for All Partner School, a testament to our commitment to academic excellence and pupil success. Through this partnership, we have implemented effective strategies to improve early reading skills, ensuring that every child has a strong foundation for future achievements on our journey towards creating a community of lifelong learners!
To find out more about our scheme, click here.
At Newcroft, we teach reading explicitly and implicitly, as part of our daily English lessons. This includes reading domain lessons, VRIC sessions (Years 2-6), daily phonics lessons, group reading, interventions, 1:1 reading with teachers, support staff and volunteers.
Our pupils are also taught the skills of reading and are immersed in literature through the foundation curriculum.
In Reception and Year 1 children have a daily phonics and reading lesson using the DfE validated scheme called ‘Success for All’ from the Fischer Family Trust (FFT). Throughout the week, children work on a range of skills to develop and practise their phonological awareness and reading skills to support them in becoming successful independent and fluent readers.
Books at Newcroft for Reception and Year 1
We use a range of phonics books to support children in learning sounds and developing comprehension. Children in Reception and Year 1 (and any other children still accessing phonics lessons) have a Success For All (SFA) shared reader book aligned to the GPCs they are currently learning in their daily phonics and reading lessons. The SFA books are also available electronically on the parent portal or via the QR code supplied by their phonics teacher. Vimeo links are also sent home to enable their current book to enable the read aloud facility on an electronic device to support reading at home.
In addition to this, they have a white stickered book with a numbered step number on, which is closely matched to what they have learnt in their phonics lessons. These books are fully decodable and only contain GPCs and red words that the children have been taught in class, to enable them to practise their reading and build their confidence and fluency.
These reading books are used daily in school, so it is vital that your child brings their phonics book to school daily in the wallet provided.
Books at Newcroft for Years 2- 6
In years 2 to 6, children read a colour banded which follows the National Book Banding system, which we adopt at Newcroft. Children select books according to the colour band they are working on, depending on their reading and comprehension level, which are reviewed regularly by the class teacher. Children bring these books home to read as well as reading at least once a week in school with an adult.
Children in all year groups are encouraged to take home a reading for pleasure book either from their class reading area or the school library. For younger children, these books are for you to read and enjoy with your child.
The scope and sequence on the chart below is a guide to what your child will be learning at each phase and Term at Newcroft. Progression is built in throughout the programme with an increase in the level of challenge in the skills taught at each phase:
All staff teaching phonics have undergone extensive training in order to be able to deliver this new scheme. They all have detailed planning that is divided into weeks or ‘steps’ that cover the Grapheme, Phoneme, Correspondence (GPC’s) for both phonics and reading.
To support both teachers and children, the phonics lessons follow a consistent daily structure with clear timing goals for each activity. This consistent approach enables lessons to be taught with pace as everybody understands the routine and what is expected. Each lesson lasts 25 minutes and follows the same basic sequence each day:
• Review of Previously Taught GPCs (10 minutes)
• Teach, Practise and Apply New GPC (15 minutes).
From the very first moment your child starts learning phonics at Newcroft, they are introduced to the vocabulary detailed on the chart below:
When your child begins to become confident in segmenting and blending activities in Year 1, they will be introduced to alien words in their phonics lessons. This is because in Year 1 all children take a Phonics Screen Check in June, which requires the children to read real and alien words. Alien words are not real words and they will only learn to decode and read these words.
The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard. Alien words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words. This tests whether children know their sounds and can use them to decode new unfamiliar words. Below are some examples of alien words. If you would like more information about the Year 1 Phonics Screen Check please visit:
Children in Year 1 and 2 need to learn to read and spell the common exception words below. They will be taught these in daily phonics lessons and will be given opportunities in other learning activities to learn these. These will be the words your child will bring home to learn each week to practise. They need to practise reading and spelling them, as well as apply them in their written work.
There is a Parent Portal (access details can be found on the inside cover of your child’s Home/school diary), where you will find all the resources to help you support your child’s phonics and early reading. There are helpful videos modeling correct pronunciation for the phonemes.
The materials are designed to support the learning your child is experiencing in school. At the moment, the resources include all of the Shared Readers so you can reread and enjoy the books together after they have been read in school.
This portal is updated frequently, so keep checking to see what’s new on there! There are lots of tips on there in how to support your child with their reading and phonic development.
Websites offering a range of phonics games to make learning at home fun!
Diane Lane, Business Director
Newcroft Primary Academy