Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

26th May 2017
After the half term break, Shanklea School will administer the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check in the week beginning Monday 12th June 2017.
The Year 1 children will be assessed against The Phonics Screening Check which is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they have learned up to the end of Year 1 and to identify students who need extra phonics help.
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Nonwords (alien or nonsense words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught but do not mean anything. Your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-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!).
You can download the Department for Education's official Year 1 Phonics screening check past paper from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to get an idea of what your child will be asked to do.
Your child will be scored against a national standard and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard.
To help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check please go over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Please 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. Thank you for your support.