In Key Stage 1, we continue the work started in Foundation Stage by developing children’s understanding of phonics through the teaching of Phases 4, 5 and 6. By the time children enter Year 2, they will hopefully no longer require phonics lessons for reading; they should be utilising phonics sessions in order to spell words and increasingly apply these to their writing. As we are sure you are aware, the English language has many weird and wonderful patterns so it is essential that children being to investigate and learn these patterns. Furthermore, children are encouraged to use their enhanced reading skills to help them with their writing and we ask them to magpie, ('borrow' or 'steal') any outstanding words or phrases from authors so they can use them in their own writing. These are placed on working walls in the classrooms so children can access them when they write.