The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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At Dymchurch Primary School, we follow a fast-paced, rigorous, structured Phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Developed by Ruth Miskin, Read Write Inc. helps get every child reading quickly and gives teachers the confidence and skills to deliver high-quality Phonics lessons every day. During lessons, a range of approaches are used to instil a love of reading and children read complete fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of leading children’s authors and poets. Read Write Inc. uses age-appropriate materials with proven results for all readers; the catch-up programme ensures every child succeeds.




Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

The check consists of a list of 40 words, half ‘real’ words and half ‘nonsense’ words; the nonsense words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This not only makes the check a bit more fun, but provides the children with a context for the nonsense word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have.

In 2019, the screening check was administered during the week commencing Monday 10th June.


The attached links and documents will help you support your child/ren at home. 


Reception Parent Reading Workshop, 2019

Year 1 Phonics Screen Check, 2019 


Please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like additional information or have any further questions.