A Home-Grown Phonics Programme

Developing a phonics and reading strategy at a primary in Brixton The first of two videos from Elmhurst Primary School which exemplifies the rigorous and systematic application of a phonics strategy throughout the school, based on the RWI scheme. The scheme includes assessment and setting of the children into 5 teacher led classes. In this first programme we see a phonics session at the start of Year 2 delivered to a less able group with letter-sound work, segmenting and blending followed by reading together and independently. We hear from the Class Teacher Marigold Russell, Deputy Head Katherine Roberts and Headteacher Shahed Ahmed about the strategy. Their results have improved dramatically and the strategy has enabled them to completely avoid the need for reading recovery so that all children make good progress with their literacy.

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