You may be aware that during the week commencing 10th June 2019, all Year 1 children will sit a phonics screening test. This is a statutory assessment, which means children in Year 1 all over the country will be sitting the same screening check. After the check, the results are submitted to the Local Education Authority. You will be informed of your child’s score in your child’s end of year report.

The check consists of 40 words which the children must read independently. Some of the words will be real words and some will be pseudo words (we like to call them alien words). The children will sit individually, with Miss Metcalfe, to complete the test.

You can find out more information about the Screening Check here:

Phonic Screening Check

Our phonics teaching program ‘Read Write Inc’ ensures the children are well prepared for this Screening Check. All our spelling pattern work and alien word games have also helped to prepare the children. In addition, the children will be familiar with the format of the check. As part of our on going Read Write Inc assessment, the children are experienced in this type of assessment. Surprisingly, most actually enjoy it!

If you would like to help to prepare your child further for this assessment, there are some useful on-line games which include decoding and blending words and identifying real and ‘alien’ words. The links are below.

Buried Treasure

Picnic on Pluto (select phase 5)

A range of games

If you are unable to access the internet at home, a print out version of the games is available from school. Please don’t hesitate to ask.