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Curriculum Statements

Phonics at Bentinck Primary & Nursery School


Curriculum Intent


At Bentinck Primary & Nursery School children learn to read using the Read Write Inc programme. It is a systematic approach to learning letters and sounds that enables children to become confident and successful readers and writers.

To support the teaching of phonics we always include the use of real and meaningful objects. Many of our children are learning English for the first time and this supports their language acquisition and comprehension.

Nursery provision places an emphasis on developing learning behaviours such as listening, concentrating, understanding and developing children’s confidence to join in and have a go. These important skills enable children to be ready to access our phonics programme in the Reception class and beyond.

Our daily phonics sessions are fun and engaging which encourages children to be active learners.

Alongside the daily Phonics programme, children will be immersed in a language rich environment and will be expected to apply their taught skills independently in all areas of their work. Children will engage with a wide variety of reading material across all areas of the curriculum.

Being able to read gives children an essential skill for life; it allows them to access information about the world around them and to acquire exciting knowledge which will further their learning.

Our ambition is for every child to be a confident and fluent reader and to develop a love of reading for pleasure.






Phonics at Bentinck is taught using the Read Write Inc systematic synthetic phonics scheme.

A pre-planned progression map is followed from Nursery to Year 2 to ensure coverage across the Phonics curriculum.

This begins in the Nursery where children are taught stories, nursery rhymes, poems and songs. This moves into planned talk, role play, growing vocabulary, building sentences orally and making up stories. Before teaching any sounds children are taught to hear and say the pure sounds. Fred Talk is introduced and children are shown the mnemonic pictures to match each phoneme. In Summer 2 formal phonics sessions are delivered following the schemes planning.

In Reception discreet phonic sessions are taught on a daily basis and these begin towards the end of Autumn 1. Prior to this children will revisit early phonic skills they were taught in the Nursery. The children are taught as a whole class to begin with, for two weeks, they are then assessed and split into two groups according to ability. Throughout the Reception year children are taught by the class teacher and the class TA. The children are assessed half termly using a school devised assessment pack in line with RWI.

In Key Stage 1 children are streamed across the key stage to support differentiation. There are five groups which are taught by either a teacher or TA. Discreet Phonic sessions take place on a daily basis. Children are assessed half termly using a school devised assessment pack in line with RWI. Groups are regularly monitored to ensure all children are working at the correct pace and within the correct group.

Children are expected and encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge in their reading and writing and across all areas of the curriculum.

Each half term staff complete an assessment sheet to report how many of the children are working within each set of sounds. This data is given to the Phonic Leads to allow them to have an overview of progress in Phonics in EYFS and KS1.

In KS1 children are assessed each half term using Phonics Screening Assessment Checks. This is completed by the Phonics Lead. This data is fed back to the class teachers to allow them to plan appropriate interventions to support each child’s individual progress. Any child that does not reach the benchmark in Y2 will be targeted for Phonics support in Y3 and beyond.