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Phonics Screening

At Borrow Wood we teach Phonics through  'Letters and Sounds'.  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 to learn to read.


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 Letters and Sounds strategy.


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 redo the Phonics Screening check in Year 2.


In 2021 the Phonics Screening check for Year 1 children and those Year 2 children needing to redo the check, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.


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.