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Year One Phonics Screening

Thank you all for attending our Virtual Workshop on October 5th! If you couldn't make it, please see the recording below

In June of Year One the children complete a Phonics Screening. This is a nationally administered test. 

The screening consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!

 Please see the links below for lots of current information about the screening and helpful parent tips.


Here are some great links to support phonics and reading at home in preparation for the screening test.


Phonics 'decoded' 

This Power-point demonstrates how we teach children to read through our daily teaching of phonics.