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Reading & Phonics

Our school uses the Phonics International scheme to teach phonics.


Year 1 screening check

During the summer term of Year 1, children undertake the Year 1 phonics screening check.  This is a government screen, designed to check your child’s phonics knowledge.  Your child will sit with a familiar teacher and be asked to read 40 words aloud. The check is made up of a mixture of real words and non-words, or nonsense words.  This is to ensure that children are not relying on words that they have memorised and are using their decoding skills.  The check is done by a teacher from school and is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child. As part of their phonics sessions, the children will receive targeted support with sounds that they struggle with.  After the screen, you will be informed about your child’s progress in phonics and how they have done in the phonics screening check. If your child has found the check difficult, the school will explain what support is in place to help your child improve. Some children will retake the screening check in year 2. There is more support available at the following address: