Phonics is the foundation stone for reading and for lifelong learning. It’s all about matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.
We’re proud of our excellent teaching and the excellent results. In 2023, almost all of our Year 1 children reached the expected level in the national Phonics Screening Check. The outcomes are significantly above the national data – in fact, we’re in the 97th percentile.
(Percentiles are a way of ranking. Basically, imagine all the schools in England in order from lowest to highest outcomes, and then divide the group into 100 smaller, similar performing groups. The first percentile is the lowest performing groups and the 100th percentile is the top-performing group.)
Well done to all the children in the cohort (our current Year 2 pupils), and thank you to parents and carers for making sure their child is reading regularly at home.