Phonics and Reading (Remote Teaching)

Phonics and Reading (Remote Teaching)

Our Phonics and Reading teaching offer during Remote Learning in KS1 and Reception


Each day a Phonics, and Reading and Writing lesson plan is uploaded to FROG - our Virtual Learning Environment. This comprises of videos of teachers teaching synthetic phonics – ‘Letters and Sounds Programme’, a reading grid and reading books, a phoneme frame of words containing the phoneme being taught or consolidated that day and a sentence of the day. There is also a story containing the phoneme being read and explained by the class teacher and a variety of activities that will consolidate the phoneme and would be part of the offer of continuous provision, should the children be in school.

Each morning starts with a grid of all the phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs introduced so far, allowing the children to revisit and review. Followed by the current Phase’s tricky words as flashcards.

The children then watch a video from the ‘Letters and Sounds for Home and School’ from the ‘Wandle Teaching School Alliance’, this is for schools using the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’. This video will introduce the new sound, practise blending and look at writing the words.

Children then complete a phoneme frame of the words for that day – for instance on ‘oa’ day, the children would write goat, boat, coat, road and soap. Children will then write the sentence of the day, there is also a ‘Challenge’ sentence for children to try if they were confident and this can be referenced in ‘feedback’ if the class teacher feels the child requires further challenge to move the learning on.

Each week the children are allocated a book to read on the Collins e-book resource which is directly linked to phonetic ability, and again a ‘challenge book’ is set to stretch children further, which is again matched to their ability. There is also a reading grid set for the week, with the first sheet containing simple CVC words such as sun, web and fox etc. The second sheet contains the current digraphs the children have been introduced to more recently. This allows for some differentiation, allowing all children to succeed. Teachers are then able to monitor and track which books have been read by individual children and respond to parents with appropriate feedback.

Each day the class teacher reads a story to the children, explaining the sound they are learning that day and where it features in the book – for example on ‘oa’ day – ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ was read.

Handwriting and letter formation can be completed using the ‘Doorway Online’ programme, this is a web based resource that allows the children to develop their formation. It allows the children to trace the letters with their fingers on a tablet, as well as demonstrating the correct position to start from. Formation sheets are also available at all times, and class teachers will remind children, if necessary, during the course of marking and feedback.

The final set of activities are what would be in place as part of the continuous provision offer and incorporate elements of play the children may have at home. For example on ‘ee’ day – build a jeep, look outside - what can you see?, draw a winter tree and talk about what the trees look like at the moment or eating something sweet for your dessert!

Parents upload their child’s work, alongside any comments, to our learning journey platform ‘Tapestry’. This allows teachers to give feedback and support both children and parents with how to complete a task or how to move the learning on, when this is appropriate.

All extra resources are placed on FROG so that parents can find everything in the same place.

Years 1 and 2

Each day a Phonics lesson video is uploaded to FROG in Year 1 and for those children who did not pass the Phonics Screening test in Year 2. This comprises of videos of teachers teaching synthetic phonics – ‘Letters and Sounds Programme’, videos contain a new sound (if applicable), blending activities and spelling activities. The Year 1 video continues from where children were up to on the last day of face to face teaching in class, enabling children to continue to move on with their phonics learning. The children watch the video from the ‘Letters and Sounds for Home and School’ and then they also have an English lesson.

Year 2 children who did not pass the Phonics screening test in Year 2 are also being set a phonics lesson, again using the videos from Letters and Sounds for Home and School. This is also set alongside an English lesson, including grammar lessons that incorporate Phase 6 learning in Year 2.

Across KS1 the Collins e-book resource is also used to set phonic books, for those children reading at a phonic level. For other children they can use the Accelerated Reader online resource, this allows children to read books they already have at home and then complete a quiz on them, to check their understanding of the text. The Oxford Owl online resource can also be used to read other books too. Any children who are finding the sites difficult to navigate or need some more books, simply e-mail the class teacher and the books are delivered to their home.

If you have any queries regarding the teaching of Reading and Phonics whilst we are teaching remotely please contact our Deputy Head and Early Years Lead, Mrs Austin