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Phonics Screening Check - Information for Parents

Phonics screening for Year 1 pupils will take place week beginning Monday 12th June 2022.

Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check

Please read the information below and if you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of the year 1 team. 


How will the children know which words are ‘alien’ (nonsense) words?

The made-up ‘alien’ words are always presented with a picture of an alien, so the children know that they are not real words that they might recognise. They are very familiar with this concept.


How will the phonics screening be administered?

Each child is taken through the screening check by a teacher on a 1:1 basis. This will be in a quiet area and there is not a time limit.


What is the pass mark?

The standard threshold pass mark for this year’s phonics screening check will be published on Monday 27 June (after the children have sat the check). Last year the pass mark was 32 out of 40.


What happens if my child doesn’t pass the phonics screening check?

Any child that does not reach the standard threshold will sit the screening check when they are in year 2, with the following year’s cohort of year 1s.


How can we support our child out of school?

Read as much as possible to and with your child. When children become more capable readers they develop the skill of word recognition. However, it is important that children continue to practise good sounding out and blending so they don’t fall into the trap of guessing the wrong word. Support your child by sharing their Read Write Inc reading books at home and practise red words and green words. 


Which phonics phase will the phonics screening check focus on?

The check includes graphemes from all of the phases taught to the children since they started school. (Read Write Inc sets 1-3)