Year One Phonic Screening Check: letter to parents

Dear parents/carers

On Tuesday 16 January, the Year One team held a meeting about the Year One Phonic Screening Check.

What is the Phonic Screening Check?

The Phonic Screening Check is a quick check of your child’s ability to decode words using only his/her phonic knowledge. The Phonic Screening is a statutory assessment for all children in Year One. It will take place during the week commencing 11 June 2018.

How does the check work?

Your child will be asked to read 40 words aloud to their class teacher. Your child is able to sound out, but they are expected to blend the word independently. It is their final answer that will be scored.

The list of 40 words is a combination of both ‘real’ words and ‘nonsense’ words. In class, we call the ‘nonsense’ words ‘alien’ words.

In previous years, the pass mark has bee 32 out of 40. You will be informed of your child’s mark when you receive your child’s end of year school report. Children who score fewer than the expected pass mark will be expected to retake the Phonic Screening Check in June 2019.

How can I help my child?

First and foremost, please continue to hear you child read. Please continue to read to your child and talk about stories and non-fiction books. Reading is not solely made up of phonics and in class we use a range of strategies to teach your child to read and develop their comprehension of fiction and non-fiction text.

Practical ways in which you can support your child

We will be sending home a list of real and alien words (see worksheet). Please encourage your child to look for any sounds they can see before sounding out and reading the word to you, eg ‘igh’ as in might, and a-e as in snake. Please encourage your child to look for any words within words. Encourage and support them.

Also, we have included a Phonic Chart. This shows the sounds covered in Year One with a word example containing the sound. This is meant for the adult as a reference guide to saying the sounds. We have also included charts for phase 2 sounds, phase 3 sounds and phase 5 sounds.

A great and fun phonic resource is the Letters and Sounds website. There are a range of fun games your child can play. Have fun.

Kind regards

The Year One Team