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In Nursery, all children begin Phase 1 in Letters and Sounds and progress through the sequence until the term before they move to full time school where they are introduced to phonics through Read Write Inc.

Please click the link to access lots of information and videos for parents including:

  • Parent FAQ
  • Handwriting Phrases
  • Fred Games
  • YR and Y1 Picture book list promoting diversity
  • List of RWI reading books
  • Guidance for 'read and hold a sentence' and 'Red Words'
  • YR and Y1 picture books list about worry and fear 

Oxford Owl is also an excellent resource written specially for parents and carers by leading experts in education, it’s there to help you be as well-informed as you can be, making sure you have everything you need to support your child on their journey through school. 


The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of a child’s phonic knowledge. All year 1 pupils (with the possible exception) will take the phonics screening check in June each year.

The screening check, which comprises of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words, identifies children who have phonic decoding skills below the level expected for the end of year 1 and who therefore may need additional help. Children that are working towards the current age related pass mark of 32/40 will be required to reā€take the assessment in year 2.