What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?
The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils. It is a short, statutory assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.
It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.
PHONICS SCREENING WEEK FOR YEAR 1 PUPILS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 6TH JUNE 2022.
How will the children know which words are ‘alien’ (nonsense) words?
The made-up ‘alien’ words are always presented with a picture of an alien, so the children know that they are not real words that they might recognise. They are very familiar with this concept as 'alien' words are included in our daily phonics lessons.
How will the phonics screening be administered?
Each child is taken through the screening check by a teacher on a 1:1 basis. This will be in a quiet area and there is not a time limit.
Will we be told about our child’s results?
The results of the check will be issued in the end of year reports.
What is the pass mark?
The standard threshold pass mark for this year’s phonics screening check will be published on Monday 27 June (after the children have sat the check). Last year the pass mark was 32 out of 40.
What happens if my child doesn’t pass the phonics screening check?
Any child that does not reach the standard threshold will resit the screening check when they are in year 2, with the following year’s cohort of year 1s.
When will the phonics screening take place?
The government requires that the check must be taken during the week commencing 6th June 2022. A pupil may only take the check the following week if they were absent during check week.
How can we support our child out of school?
Support your child by sharing their Read Write Inc reading books at home and practice red words, green words and unknown sounds.
An excellent website for phonic games is: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ All phonics phases are covered on this website.
Read as much as possible to and with your child. When children become more capable readers they develop the skill of word recognition. However, it is important that children continue to practise good sounding out and blending so they don’t fall into the trap of guessing the wrong word.
Which phonics phase will the phonics screening check focus on?
The check includes graphemes from all of the phases taught to the children since they started school - Read Write Inc sets 1-3.