This summer – an opportunity for catch up reading

Here we are in the last term of school and soon the summer will be upon us. It is really important that during this summer, the ‘summer slump’ of learning loss will not add to the learning loss that has already impacted so many children during the last two years. A good way to prevent […]

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Back to school – where to start with readers having difficulties

Many children will have failed to reach their reading attainment last year due to missed school and the inevitable patchy learning during periods of lockdown. On top of that, we now have the ‘summer slump’ when pupils seem to have forgotten what they learnt, or do they just need a quick revision? As kids return […]

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Why the Phonics Check is not just for Year 1

I recently had a Zoom meeting with a Year 6 teacher who discussed how a number of his pupils were struggling with reading and he said he was using the Year 1 phonics check to assess them. This may seem odd, but is has never occurred to me that the Year 1 Phonics Check is […]

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