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Phonics at Borrow Wood Primary School

At Borrow Wood we teach phonics through a systematic approach. All children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) have a phonics lesson every day where they focus on the key skills required for early reading and writing.


Further up the school phonics are taught to groups or individual children depending on their learning need. For some children phonics may not be the right strategy for them to learn to read. For these children we use a strategy called 'Read it, Write it!'  However, the vast majority of children will successfully learn to read using the systematic approach.


Below is an Information leaflet for parents called 'Learning To Read Through Phonics', which gives you useful tips and advice on how you can support your children at home with phonics and learning to read.


The Phonics Screening Check


All children in Year 1 do the Phonics Screening Check in June. Should children not make the standard in Year 1, they will redo the Phonics Screening Check in Year 2.


Due to COVID, our current Year 2 children did not do the Phonics Screening Check whilst in Year 1. They will be doing a Phonics Screening check in the autumn term 2021.

Our current Year 1 children are expected to do a Phonics Screening check the week beginning 6th June 2022.


Below are some useful resources to help your children read 'real' and 'nonsense' words. They need to be able to blend the sounds and read them aloud.