Phonics is the method used to teach reading in primary schools nowadays. In this section of the site you'll find out everything you need to know about how phonics is taught in school, what the phonics sounds mean and how to boost your child's phonics confidence.
You'll also find lots of phonics worksheets and mock tests to help you prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.
Our colourful phonics phases sound mats present the phonemes and graphemes children learn to read in Reception and Year 1, organised according to their phonics phase.
Help your child prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Test
The Phonics Screening Check, which all children take, is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete. Find out everything you need to know about the test and then download official past papers and our exclusive practice papers.
Your child will do lots of phonics learning at school – so why not use games to help them put their new skills into practice at home? Our Phonics games learning pack, created by a KS1 teacher (and parent), offers ten games and activities to choose from. Everything you need to start playing, from instructions to game boards and a sound die, is included in your download – print off your bingo counters, sharpen your pencils and have some fun!
Learning to read is all about phonics these days, so if you don't know your phonemes from your digraphs our phonics learning pack is for you. In the Fabulous phonics learning pack, you'll get a complete overview of how and why phonics is taught, as well as teacher tips to help you make phonics learning part of your child's everyday life and 50 printable games and activities to put the theory into practice.
Follow TheSchoolRun's Phonics Learning Journey
The Phonics Learning Journey covers phonics essentials for Reception and Year 1, ordered to match the learning-to-read journey your child will follow at school.