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Reading Strategies / 20.01.2019

What is the year 1 phonics screening check? The year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment administered by schools to ensure that children are able to decode words to the appropriate standard. Decoding is the reading of a word using only the knowledge of the sounds written down with no clues from other words or pictures. Each child takes the test individually in the presence of one or more adults. They are asked to read 40 words from an A4 booklet. The words are in large print with...

Reading Strategies / 04.12.2018

What is Phonics? Phonics is a reading system which teaches children to break words into sounds. The sounds can then be said together to form a whole word. During phonics lessons children learn sounds, look at how they are written down and practice methods to help them read. Because not all words follow the same spelling and reading rules children also learn some whole words and talk about the differences and similarities they find between words.   Head to the bottom of this post for your free printable word and sound...

Reading / 27.07.2018

Bookshelves This bookshelf is me on so many levels.  It's all over the place and messy but there is so much joy right in there, you just have to start reading. For this first blog post I thought I would open up some of the books that make up my metaphorical book case and give you a glimpse of what makes me tick and why I am here.  Firstly, I am a reader, you have probably already worked that out, and I love digging into a good book.  I...