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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Phonics Screening Check

Phonics Screening Check:

The Phonics Screening Check will take place in June 2024.


The purpose of the Phonics Screening Check is to assess each child's ability to decode certain words and identify pupils who may need additional support. Decoding means sounding out an unfamiliar written word.


During the check, the children will be asked to decode a series of 40 words. While most of these words will be real words, there will also be some alien words (also known as nonsense words, psuedo-words or non-words) mixed in. The alien words will be accompanied by an image of an alien to help the children identify them. They reason alien words are included in the check to ensure children are able to use their decoding skills and do not just rely on their memory on known words. 


The 40 words, which are made up of real and alien words, are divided into two sections. The first section will have a variety of simple word structures with three or four letters. Section 2 will have more complex word structures of five or six letters. 


The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some alien words – so they understand more about what they have to do. 


Recommended Phonics Activities

Mr. Thorne Does Phonics

If you are unsure how to correctly pronounce any of the sounds go to Mr. Thorne Does Phonics where you can watch videos of Mr. Thorne or his friend Geraldine the Giraffe teach the sound and discuss words including it. He also has apps for Android and Apple available.


Phonics Play

This is a very popular website we use regularly in our phonics lessons. The children will be familiar with the website and its games. Some of our favourite games are:

  • Flashcards
  • Buried Treasure
  • Dragons Den
  • Picnic on Pluto
  • Reading Robot

Some of the games are available for free, others require a subscription (only £12 for a year).


Twinkl Phonics App

This app includes lots of different sections covering phonic sounds, letter formation, high frequency words and games such as buried treasure and matching games.



This is not a website we have used in class but it involves interactive videos that children can watch and then are able to make up words with the given letters. It allows them to practise sound recognition and blending.


Phonics Books

Revisit pages in your child’s phonics book to practice reading and spelling a good range of words. Don’t forget to look for the high frequency and tricky words!

More websites with phonics games on:

Alien Words - Example

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472