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What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

If you have a child in Year 1, you may have heard of the phonics screening check. Here we explain what the phonics screening check is and give some helpful tips about how to support your child’s learning. What is the Year 1 phonics screening check? The phonics screening check is taken each June by … Read more

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What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes? A reading scheme is a series of books that have been carefully written to support the process of learning to read and to help children make progress as readers. What educational researchers know about how children learn to read – and how best to motivate them to learn – is changing … Read more

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Looking up an unfamiliar word in the dictionary can be a daunting task for many children. Without specially written definitions suited to their reading level, using a dictionary will be frustrating and discouraging, with each new definition containing more confusing words than the last! Encouraging children to use an appropriate dictionary on their own terms … Read more

How can I support my child with phonics?

There are so many easy things you can do to help support your child’s phonics learning. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert, Laura Sharp. Right from the start talk, talk and talk! As a parent, you are the model of good speaking and listening. Regularly introduce new words (vocabulary) e.g. for the word … Read more

Learning phonics

What is phonics?

New routines, new friends and new approaches to learning; starting in Reception is a milestone for you as well as your child. Feel assured that many of the simple activities you have been doing already have formed the basis for the new learning journey you both are about to take, especially the talking to and … Read more