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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


The subject leader for Phonics is Mrs Shakeel

At Irk Valley Community School we use the Supersonic Phonic Friends programme to teach Phonics. This is a systematic and synthetic approach, meaning that children will begin by learning the simpler sounds of the English alphabet before progressing to more complex sounds and spellings.

We also use Phonics Play to support teaching, which is linked below.

Year 1 Phonics Screening

The children take part in the government's Phonics Screening. All children in Year 1 are given a phonics test, looking at the children's ability to read phonemes and distinguish real words from non-words.


This academic year the Year 1 Phonics Screening will not take place and will instead happen during the following academic year (when the child is in Year 2). 


For the academic year 2018 - 2019, 85% of our Year 1 pupils achieved the national expected level in Phonics.