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Keep practising your phonics sounds each day so your reading and spelling get even better. I've put all the slides below - just like we do in class! Show your family how you can decode and blend your words. 

Read Write Inc Speed Sounds Set 2 and 3


Phonics language explained for parents




Special friend sounds

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.


The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will be cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. The resources below are still very useful in helping children learn how to read.


In summer term of Year 1 children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screen. We will be preparing for this throughout the year, as children learn their sounds and how to read. Please look below to learn more about the phonics screen and the many ways you can help your child at home. The phonics screen consists of a mix of 40 real and pseudo words (alien words) that children need to read correctly.


Tips to help practice

  • Look at the word carefully 
  • Decode the word using your phonics knowledge (break the word apart in separate sounds)

t-r-ee          h-igh          b-oy          sh-ou-t

  • Blend the sounds together to say the whole word without any pauses

c-a-t blended is cat          sh-i-p blended is ship

  • Pronounce sounds and words clearly
  • Use a confident and loud speaker voice
  • Don't rush
  • Try your best!



Confused by Phonics?

This video gives you an idea of what the phonics screen is.

Alien Words

Let's sound out some Alien Words! 👽 Try muting the video to sound out words independently.