A rich and broad language program is the best way to help children to build their reading literacy skills. This site will support you to:

  • develop your understandings of the key elements of literacy
  • teach literacy skills with confidence
  • find resources that address specific needs
  • address parent concerns and build strategies between home and school.

One important component of an early years’ reading program is phonics. Although it has been contested in past decades, research indicates that phonics approaches to literacy have been effective in supporting younger readers (see Evidence for Learning for more details).

The Year 1 Phonics Check will help you gauge how well your Year 1 students have understood the letter–sound relationship, a concept that is essential for reading. The Phonics Check can be added to your suite of formative assessment practices to help you monitor your students’ reading literacy progress. It can also help you report to parents and can inform the selection of appropriate interventions for struggling readers. Administering the Phonics Check provides you with a suite of resources to do this.

Along with other resources for families, an observational resource lists some of the skills that families might see Year 1 children doing at home. This resource (Reading awareness check) provides you as a teacher with a list of the observable skills and the most appropriate connections with the Literacy Learning Progressions.

Over coming months, you will find new resources to support you in this work. These will include practical teaching ideas, materials for targeted interventions and links to professional learning.