Help your children become confident readers for the phonics screening check

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The phonics screening check takes place every year in the summer term in England for Year 1 children. This is an informal process for checking the phonics knowledge of each of your children. However, it’s not a formal test, so it’s important that when children sit down with you, their teacher, they are relaxed, comfortable and as confident as they can be to undergo the 40-word phonics screening check.

Read Write Inc. Phonics has some great resources that can support your children and give them that extra practice they might need before they do the check. Best of all, the activities are fun and children will love trying them out.

Here’s a round-up of the different Read Write Inc. Phonics resources available to you, so you can support your children in the classroom as well as at home.

My Speed Sounds Books        

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These two pocket-sized books provide excellent Read Write Inc. Phonics Speed Sounds practice at home and include clear notes for parents so they can support their children’s reading. You can find more product information here.

Pocket-sized books provide excellent Speed Sounds practice at home, for Sets 1, 2 and 3.

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Sound Blending Books                           

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One-word-per-page books

These simple, one-word-per-page books provide extra practice for those children who are learning to blend words and are great to send home.  They can be used for individual or partner practice. Find out more.

Additional Speed Sounds Cards                       

The Read Write Inc. Phonics Online subscription on Oxford Owl provides additional Speed Sounds cards to help you and your children prepare for the phonics screening check. You can download and print these easily, as part of your subscription.

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Download or print additional Speed Sounds cards from your Read Write Inc. Phonics Online subscription

Phonics Practice at Home activities  

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Did you know there are over 100 quizzes on the Read Write Inc. Phonics eBook Library to help with Speed Sounds practice? As a subscriber, you can also support your children by giving them access to interactive activities for phonics practice at home.

Speed Sounds slideshows

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Speed Sounds slideshows for Set 1, 2 and 3 and Additional Speed Sounds on Oxford Owl subscription

Children can have lots of fun with the Speed Sounds slideshows for Sets 1, 2, and 3 and Additional Speed Sounds on Oxford Owl. Children really enjoy seeing how quickly they can say the sounds, as the slideshows can be speeded up to suit the children.

Free Speed Sounds practice sheets  

You can download these free practice sheets for consolidation and practising writing the graphemes from the Read Write Inc. parents page on Oxford Owl for home. Again, these are perfect for sending home for extra practice.

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Perfect for sending home: A bank of free downloadable practice sheets on Oxford Owl for home

Additional support for parents and carers

Don’t forget that there is lots of useful support for parents on Oxford Owl for home including this handy information guide on the phonics screening check.  Share this link with them so they know what to expect and can support their child at home.

Ruth Miskin Training

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The RMT Online Subscription includes a wealth of training films, resources, and a special PSC module to get you straight to the support that will make the biggest difference. The Get to grips with graphemes regional training also runs this time of year – find it under ‘Leadership Training’. And in-school Development Days, part of the RMT training package, give bespoke support to help you find solutions that will work for your school and for your children.


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