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Phonics, Reading Schemes & Recommended Top Reads

Statutory phonics screening check

The phonics screening test is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools must complete the check.

The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.

The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher.


Reading Scheme

Our reading scheme includes a range of texts including:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Project 'X'
  • Rigby Star 
  • Big Cat Phonics

Recommended Top Reads

Please see below for the recommended top reads for your child's year group: