SOund Advice

If the sound is not playing when you try to use the app, check that the sound is on correctly. Please ensure that the silent button is in the off position and the volume button is turned up. If the problem persists, then contact the team directly at


Writing Advice

When children first learn to write there are some many different things they have to remember. However, the Sound Mat can be used as a tool to support and aid children in the early stages of learning to write. Many teachers are beginning to use this new tool in their classroom to help children's writing.

Why is there a phonics screening check and what is it?

The phonics screening check is an assessment to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. This test is undertaken in all UK state schools in Year 1 and for children in Year 2 who did not meet the Year 1 standard. The phonics screening check is a short and simple assessment of phonic decoding. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half alien (non-words), which children read.  Alien words (made up words) are included because they will be new to all children, so there won’t be a bias to those with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words. Children who can read non-words should have the skills to decode almost any unfamiliar word. The pass mark has remained the same over the past years: 32 words out of 40 (80%).

Key Stage One Phonics Screening Check date set for the week commencing 12th June 2017