How is phonics taught at Astwood Bank Primary School?

Our school uses the Twinkl Phonics scheme of work to teach systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) to all children in reception and key stage 1. Twinkl Phonics is a complete SSP that meets the DfE criteria for an effective scheme, making it a Government validated programme.

We chose this programme because it allows our teachers to meet the needs of every individual child. Our teachers are given the autonomy needed to adapt their lessons to fit every child. We understand how fidelity to a scheme is important, but we also promote flexibility and allow our teachers to choose what’s best for their class.

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Year 1 phonics screening check

The phonics screening check is a check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It helps your school confirm whether your child is making the progress expected in the national curriculum. With some exceptions, all pupils who have reached the age of 6 by the end of the school year must take the check during that academic year, including those in maintained nursery schools. For most pupils, this will be in year 1.

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