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Southborough Primary School
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Phonics in Year 1 


Phonics is a very important aspect of your child's learning as it helps them with reading, spelling and writing across the curriculum. 
At the end of Year 1 there is now a compulsary phonics screening check, whereby children are required to use their phonetical knowledge to decode and blend real and nonsense words.

Each week, we will inform you of our phonics focus and ‘tricky words’. Please support your child in their learning by using these words in sentence building. By doing this, they will become more confident and expressive in their independent writing. 

It is very important to practise reading these words both at home and in school so that children become familiar with spotting different phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs. 

Learning to read and spell tricky and high frequency words both in school, and at home will further support your child's development in reading, writing and other curriculum areas. 


Below is listed the tricky words taken from phase 3 - 5. 

Phase 3:

he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her.

Phase 4: 

said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what.

Phase 5:

Oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could. 

Below are some useful websites with different phonics games to support your child's learning.