Year 1 Phonics Screening
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a national check of children's phonic knowledge that all children in England are required to complete. The check takes place during one week in June (w/b 11th June in 2018).
The check requires children to read a list of forty ‘words’ (some are real and some are nonsense words) to their teacher. The 40 words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with 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 non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).This is done 'one to one' in a quiet place and will usually take between 4-9 minutes to complete. The results of the check are reported to parents at the end of Year 1.
What does my child’s score mean?
Your child will be scored against a national standard. A threshold (usually around 32 marks out of 40) is set each year. Children who do not meet the threshold will be provided with extra support in Year 2. They will then take the check again at the end of Year 2 and the result will, again, be reported to parents/carers.
How can I help prepare my child?
You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out, and review the phonics sounds and rules.