“Phonics makes learning to read easier, simpler and crucially gets children reading quicker. This helps to increase a child's confidence and instil a love of reading from an early age. Rather than memorising thousands of words individually, children are instead taught a phonics ‘code’. This code helps children work out how to read 95% of the English language. If you didn't learn to read using phonics it can seem very complicated, but once the concept of words being made up of just 44 sounds is understood, children are able to make remarkably quick progress in their reading.” ( 

At Vernon Primary School, phonics is carefully planned and assessed using the recommended Government programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’. Every child’s progress is tracked and monitored to ensure learning is focused and correctly matched to their needs. Through short, focused sessions the children have great fun learning effective strategies to help them read and spell words.




Useful websites to support your child in their phonics learning:


Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It identifies the children who need extra help so they are given support by school to improve their reading skills. They are then able to retake the check so that the school can track children until they are able to decode.

The phonics screening check is for all Year 1 pupils in Maintained Schools, Academies and Free Schools. Children who do not meet the standard of the check in Year1 can retake the phonics screening check in Year 2. 

It is a statutory requirement for all schools to carry out the phonics screening check. Please follow the link below to see the 2017 phonics screening check:

2012 phoncis check.pdf

2013 phonics check.pdf

2014 phonics check.pdf

2015 phonics check.pdf

2016 phonics check.pdf

2017 phonics check.pdf