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

Year 6 Dawn til Dusk

26 Jul 2021

The Year 6 children enjoyed a day of forest school activities, team games, cooking their meals on the fire, water fights and the slip n slide! Many thanks to Mr Holt for organising such a fun day! {!...

Year 6 Vivary Park

26 Jul 2021

Our Y6 children enjoyed a day of adrenaline-filled activities at Vivary Park in Taunton to help them celebrate their final weeks at St Andrew's. They took part in their different high ropes cou...

KS 2 trip to Hooke Court

26 Jul 2021

At the end of term, our key stage 2 children enjoyed an action packed day at Hooke Court! The day began with a rocket making workshop. The rockets exceeded all of our expectations and provided an impr...

The Bear Trail - Panda and Tiger Class

19 Jul 2021

Panda and Tiger Class had a great time at The Bear Trail.  They all got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed getting muddy.  

Sports Day

19 Jul 2021

Sports Day. Following on from a successful sports day, please see some photos of our events. The Reception and Key Stage 1 children took part in long jump, high jump, javelin, tennis ball throw, skipp...

Sports Day

07 Jul 2021

Sports Day A huge well done to the blue team, who were the overall winners of our Sports Day yesterday. Here they are celebrating their victory! More photos and details from the day to follow in...

Seaton Wetlands Trip

02 Jul 2021

On Tuesday 22nd June, Panda class visited Seaton Wetlands to support their topic 'Water, water everywhere!' This consisted of a wildlife trail where we were able to study different animals habitats an...

Monster Kickabout

29 Jun 2021

Monster Kickabout. We have made a fantastic start to 'Monster Kickabout' week at school by getting out our brand new Monster Kickabout equipment. We have pumped up our Premier League balls and the ch...

Monster Kickabout

25 Jun 2021

MONSTER KICKABOUT £1,000 of free football equipment has been given to us by the Monster Kickabout scheme in partnership with Sports Direct and Nike. The offer was open to the first 500 scho...

Bikeability

21 Jun 2021

BIKEABILITY Our upper key stage two completed their level 1 and 2 Bikeability courses last week.They learned how to check their bikes were safe to ride using the ABCD checks:A – airB – bra...