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Phonics Screening

Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.

Every Year 1 child in the country will be taking the phonics screening check in the same week in June.

The aim of the check is to assess the children's understanding of all the phonemes taught, the children will be asked to 'sound out' a word and blend the sounds together. e.g. d-o-g = dog. There will be a mixture of real and nonsense words.

The Phonics Screening check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.


How can you help at home?

  • Encourage your child to ‘sound out’ when reading or writing - focusing particularly on spotting more unusual sound patterns.

  • Speed sound challenge using the sound mat below.

  • Practise reading nonsense words - flashcards below.

  • Access useful websites on the homework page.

  • Most importantly make time to read with your child.

Sound Mat

Information for Parents: The Phonics Screening Check