Year 1 Phonics Screening

What is it?

Children in Year 1 throughout the country all take part in a phonics screening check during the same week in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or if they have not taken the test before.

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard. The phonics screening check contains 40 words. Each child reads each word aloud to a teacher. It takes approximately between 2 and 5 minutes per child, although all children are different and will complete the check at their own pace. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words). The pseudo words are shown to the children with a picture of an alien. Pseudo words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.

Reporting to Parents and Carers

By the end of the summer term, we will report each child’s results to their parents/ carers. This will confirm if the child has met the standard threshold. Children who do not achieve the expected level will retake the test when they are in Year 2.

The video below will help parents to understand what phonics is and how Read Write Inc. works.

Phonics screening check – information for parents