At Reginald, phonics is taught in a highly structured programme of daily lessons across EYFS and KS1 in groups differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development. We have developed a progression of phonic programme providing a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. This is supplemented by Letters & Sounds activities, Espresso and other computer games. Each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned.

Children are assessed as a baseline when they enter Reception and periodically assessed against the sounds and words to ensure children continue to make progress.

We ensure that children progress in their phonic knowledge through:

  • Daily phonic sessions
  • Phonics being promoted as a tool to help children decode words to read and spell
  • Children being encouraged to use and apply their phonic knowledge in independent work,
    guided writing sessions and individual or group reading where appropriate.
  • Regular assessments which are then used to inform planning and cover gaps
  • Clear, high expectations and time scales are set within our progression of phonics - interventions are put into place for those children not meeting the expectations set

For a simple overview of our progression of phonics see below.


Children’s progress is continually reviewed to allow for movement between ability groups, and children move phonics group when it is felt necessary to meet their needs. Children are formally assessed at the end of each half term.

The national Phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1. Prior to this, the Year 1 phonics workshop gives parents information about how they can support their children at home with phonics. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in year 1 enter again in year 2 with additional support. As children enter KS2, provision is made for those children still requiring daily phonics.

So, you now know there  is Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, but what is it? How is it scored? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we as parents/carers help our children prepare for it?

If you prefer a video with information all about the phonic screening check - check this out!