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In June, children in Year 1 are required to take the Phonics Screening Check (psc). This consists of 40 words that are either real or pseudo ‘alien’ words. The children cover all the required sounds in their daily phonics lessons where we follow the ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ programme. During these lessons children are introduced to new sounds and are provided with the opportunity to read both real and nonsense words in preparation for the PSC. You can support your child by reading with them every day.


You can find out more information about Essential Letters and Sounds here: 


Each week, your child will learn to read and write words with taught sounds. We encourage the children to use the sound mats below to consolidate their understanding when writing. 

Here is a sound pronunciation video - 


HRS words are currently harder to read and spell as children have not yet been taught the relevant GPCs. Words can also be harder to read and spell if they are not phonetically decodable. 

You can see the Reception and Year 1 harder to read and spell words below.