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 phonic decoding to enable them to read words and check if they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. It will also identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.
The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take between four to nine minutes to complete.
When does the screening check take place?
All Year 1 pupils will take the phonics screening check in June
How is the check structured?
The check comprises a list of 40 words, 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words.Your child will read one-to-one with their teacher. They will be asked to “sound out” the word and blend the sounds together to read the word.
How will the results be used?
Schools have to inform parents towards the end of the summer term in Year 1 of their child’s results. At Stokeinteignhead the results will form part of the end of year reporting. All of the children are individuals and develop at different stages. The results of the screening check will assist teachers to identify which children will need further support with decoding.
How can parents help?
There are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading skill development:
The link provided above will take you to the Paper administered in 2016 which can be used as a practice paper.