Phonological Awareness is the awareness of all of the sounds of language. It's the ability to hear and distinguish sounds.
This includes: recognising sounds, adding sounds, taking apart sounds and moving sounds around. Phonological awareness helps children become prepared to learn how letters and sounds go together in words. This makes it easier for them to read and write. Phonological awareness has been found to be a strong predictor of literacy development. Weak skills in phonological awareness are a primary cause for reading difficulties.
Download the phonological skills assessment (PDF 946kb) Opening a new window - an assessment tool to help you identify a pupil's phonological awareness needs.