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Y1 Phonic Screening Check

April 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

What is the Phonics screening check?

  • The phonics screening check is a short assessment to show whether children have learnt to sound out and read words to an appropriate standard.
  • It will take place in June 2014 and be done by the class teacher.
  • It includes a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 made up words which we refer to as ‘nonsense words’).
  • Last year children had to score 32 or more out of 40 to reach the expected level.  This year the pass mark is being raised but we do not know what to.
  • If children do not pass the test in Year 1 they will take the test again in Year 2.
  • You can watch a short video of a child sounding out some of the words on the test here.
  • http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/assessment/keystage1/a00200415/phonics
  • If you have any more questions there is a link below to a useful information page with everything else you might want to know:
  • http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/a00198207/faqs-year-1-phonics-screening-check
  • Phonic lessons take place four times a week in school. The children are taught the different sounds and learn to read real and nonsense words.


How can you help at home?

  • When reading with your child, ask your child to look for digraphs and trigraphs in words (2 or 3 letters which together make one sound).
  • Encourage children to sound words out and then blend these sounds together. Make sure children do not miss sounds out or add sounds in.
  • Ask children to invent their own nonsense words.
  • Write words on cards and sort into real or nonsense piles.
  • Play games on the computer to read real and nonsense words.

Some useful links


click ‘free phonics play’

click phases 5

Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den

Click Phase 5 again

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