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Phonics is taught in line with the My Letters and Sounds Phonic Programme, this is validated by the DfE and aligned to Letters and Sounds. Phonics is taught daily in the Foundation Stage and Year 1. The books read during guided reading sessions match the graphemes/ key words taught during phonics lessons and the children access these books at least three times per week across FS2 and Year 1.

The Phonic Screening Check

The government introduced it's statutory phonics screening check in September 2011 for all children in Year 1. It's purpose is to access whether children can read accurately a selection of words that include common GPCs : the first step in learning to read. It does not aim to assess reading comprehension or whether a child can read familiar words speedily or decode unfamiliar ones easily.

The check is a short, light-touch assessment, based on the Standards and Testing Agency's  assessment framework. The child is asked to read 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words.  The screening check is conducted in June so we ask that no children go on holiday at this time.

Parents are kept up to date weekly about the weeks phonic teaching via dojo, this will also include links so children can practise at home.

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