Berwick school is praised for reading and writing work
A Berwick first school has been praised by a Government minister for its work in teaching phonics.
Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, has written a letter of congratulations to Holy Trinity First School head teacher Dawn Groves.
It states: ‘I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils for your school’s very high standard of achievement in the 2016 phonics screening check.
‘We want to ensure that every child develops a firm grasp of phonics which is why I was delighted to see your results.’
He goes on to say that with at least 95 per cent of Holy Trinity pupils reaching or exceeding the pass mark, the school is in the top eight per cent of all primary schools in the country.
‘This year’s figures show 89 per cent of pupils who achieve the expected standard in the check go on to achieve at least the expected standard in key stage one reading, which underlines the value of developing the ability to decode words effectively at an early age,’ he states.
‘I am pleased to hear that your Year 1 children at Holy Trinity Church of England First School have a firm foundation in reading, from which they can develop further and become increasingly fluent readers. This will help them develop a lifelong love of reading.
‘Thank you for your work in this vital area of a child’s early education and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.’
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing young learners’ phonemic awareness – the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes – in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns that represent them.