Phonics and the phonics screening check

Wednesday 14 October 2020

The phonics screening check determines how well a child can use the phonics skills they have learned in year 1, ensuring that they are on track to become fluent readers.

Next half term, the phonics screening check will be taken by all children in year 2. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the autumn check will take the statutory check in June 2021, alongside year 1 pupils.

The phonics screening check contains 40 words divided into two sections. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and alien words.

The children are encouraged to add sound buttons or use phoneme fingers to read a word.  Here is a video showing how we do this.

You can help your child at home by reading anything and everything!