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Phonics Screening Test Meetings

There will be meetings coming up after Christmas to inform parents of the check which takes place in June for Year 1 and for some Year 2 children.

Phonics Screening Check Powerpoint and handout from meeting 2021

Phonics is being taught in ability groups according to RWI Phonics assessments..  Children are having their daily speed sounds lessons and the RWI reading and writing section of the lesson.  Books are being given out each week to match the sounds children have learnt in their group.  If you would like to read more books there are some available on the Oxford Owl website.

Please find the Oxford Owl web address and class log in details below:

Over half terms and longer breaks at Christmas, Easter and summer, books will be set via the online RWI book library.





When the page has loaded, scroll down slightly until you see a tab for the Read Write Inc. ebook library. 




















To teach phonics we use a scheme called 'Read Write Inc'.  Children in Year R, 1 and some children in Year 2 have been assessed and grouped according to their performance.  Teachers and staff who help deliver Phonics are receiving up to date training both in the school and with experienced Read Write Inc trainers at other schools.  Our aim is to deliver an even better phonics session each day that is fast paced and has a greater emphasis on Reading books in the Phonics lesson.


The priority, as before, is on reading skills – children should be able identify the sound that a letter (or letters) makes and use this knowledge to blend sounds to make words and to segment words into their component sounds.  Teaching children to write the letters that make the sounds is integrated into our daily phonics delivery.  Daily lessons incorporate a range of resources, media and interactive activities.  Each day, the children will revise previous learning and steadily build their phonic knowledge. 


Spellings for children in Phonics groups are learnt and practised at school.  There are spelling checks carried out in the children's RWI groups.

Year groups may send home 'Common exception words' for the children to learn.  Common exception words are called 'Red Words' in our Phonics lessons and are words which cannot usually be sounded out in the normal way.

The set up for spellings in Key Stage 2 is different so please speak to class teachers in those year groups if you need any information.



How to correctly pronounce the phonemes (sounds) taught in phonics.


The video below shows how to correctly pronounce the different sounds that are used in English.  It is very important that these sounds are pronounced correctly and how these are taught has changed over time so we would strongly recommend watching the video to make sure that how you teach your children the sounds is the same as how we are teaching them.  A good tip is to think about how the sound is pronounced when it is at the end of a word.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Here are a variety of websites and apps that can help reinforce the phonics teaching that is done in school.  Click on the images below to have a look.  







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