St. Andrew’s Chardstock Phonics Statement 

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

At St. Andrew’s Chardstock, phonics is taught using a structured daily approach suited to the ages and abilities of the children. The Letters and Sounds programme is used for Nursery children followed by The Early Reading Programme (ERP) in Reception and Key Stage 1. 

Children in Nursery begin with Letter and Sounds Phase 1 which provides a range of playful activities to develop listening and sound identification skills. Progress is regularly tracked. As children move into Reception they continue to build upon these skills and are introduced to The Early Reading Programme. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach the first stages of reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding). The programme is designed by Educational Psychologists and is based upon extensive research into the most effective ways of teaching reading. 

Twice daily, each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned. 

Children’s progress is continually reviewed and they are formally assessed at the end of each term. 

The national Phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in Year 1 enter again in Year 2 with additional support. As children enter KS2, provision is made for those children still requiring daily phonics.

EYFS Policy

Progression in the EYFS Curriculum

The Daily Mile

14 May 2021

Daily Mile Challenge On Friday 30th April, the whole school took part in The Daily Mile Challenge along with over 1780 other schools across England. Nearly all children managed a full mile, which...

Basketball Challenges

11 May 2021

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Orienteering

07 May 2021

Elephant Class spent the morning Orienteering with their peers. They were excited to explore the playground, field and Forest School area whilst working as a team, using their navigational skills and...

Skipping Challenges

05 May 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES During Spring 2, we threw ourselves into the skipping challenges set to Devon schools by Dan The Skipping Man.  The improvement that was seen in our children’s skipping...

Skipping Day

05 May 2021

Skipping Theme Day On Friday 23rd of April, we welcomed Kate from Dan The Skipping Man to our school. Kate ran skipping workshops with each class teaching us lots of different techniques. We used...

Timetables Rock Stars and Number Block Day

21 Apr 2021

Today children and staff have dressed up as part of our Timestables Rock Stars and Number Blocks day.  Children were very excited to dress up in fancy dress for the day.  We have enjoyed a s...

Easter Story Dioramas

01 Apr 2021

The children have been busy in Forest School this week making Easter story dioramas. 

Red Nose Day 2021

01 Apr 2021

Thank you to all of our parents for their fantastic contribution to our Red Nose Day collection.  We raised a whopping £126.95.  We are delighted to support this amazing charity for th...

Skipping Challenge - Week 1

07 Mar 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES Week one of our skipping challenges has got off to a flying start!It has been amazing to see all of the children and staff getting involved, with equal amounts of competitive...

Welcome Back

05 Mar 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming back all children to school on Monday 8th March.