Alien words, nonsense words, non-words, pseudo words. Whatever you want to call them, everyone is crazy for words that aren’t even words!
In Reception and Year 1 classrooms across the country teachers are teaching children to read words that don’t exist. Although teachers have the right intentions in doing this, playing around with alien words must come with a warning.
Why are teachers using alien words?
Each year in June, children in Year 1 are required to take a short word reading assessment to check on their ability to decode words accurately. This phonics screening check looks…
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